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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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Black Beauty CD review - Black Beauty
In 2007, Elana James released an acclaimed self-titled album. The singer, songwriter, and violinist - best known for her work with the Western swing/hot jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown - strikes gold again with her new album. The disc is a collection of five new originals and several songs she has always loved from Bob Dylan (Hot Club opened for him on his 2006 North American minor league baseball stadium tour), Robert Hunter and Woody Guthrie. James demonstrates her musical depth and breadth, »»»
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Elana James (nee Fremerman) has the kind of misfortune anyone would welcome. Her longtime trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, was touring with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan when the band broke up. Soon, though, came offers to play on Nelson's next album and to tour with Dylan. Now comes her solo debut, and while the events of the last two years leave traces in James's music - most obviously with the inclusion here of a Dylan original, "One More Night"- the HCC sound lives in James's »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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