Hot Club of Cowtown member offers Veteran's Day single
Monday, October 20, 2008
– Hot Club of Cowtown's Elana James is releasing a single inspired by the words of a U.S. army sergeant killed in Iraq in honor of Veteran's Day. The lyrics to Hey Beautiful
came from a letter written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan Campos (1979-2007) one of the last he wrote to his wife from Iraq.
James, who is regrouping the western swing band Hot Club after a hiatus, Campos' words in a New York Times article "Six of the Fallen, in Words They Sent Home," which appeared in March 2008 as part of excerpts from the e-mail messages, journals and web postings of 6 soldiers who died in Iraq since Jan. 1, 2007.
Hey Beautiful is the letter just as Campos wrote it (though it has been edited slightly for length. The Campos family was fully aware of James' project and gave their blessings, according to a spokesperson for James. The other members of Hot Club - White Smith and Jake Erwin - provided the backing music. The song will soon be available on the Hot Club of Cowtown web site, www.hotclubofcowtown.com.
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