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Album Review

Kicking in with the instrumental bluegrass fiddle number "Draggin' the Bow," things get hotter when the Hot Club of Cowtown add a heap of period-style originals into their Western swing mix. There's the Bourbon Street sound of "Emily" and "Darling You and I Are Through," and then there are the standards like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Always and Always." Old-timey country ("I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You" and "Red Hot Mama") is yet another style in the Hot Club's bag of successful tricks, which are authentic yet somehow absolutely fresh — and something to aspire to for the pack of neo-roots bands.

Biography

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Western swing revivalists Hot Club of Cowtown formed in San Diego, CA in 1996; originally a duo pairing singer/violinist Elana Fremerman and singer/guitarist Whit Smith, a subsequent move to Austin, TX made room for the addition of bassist Billy Horton. Signing to Hightone, the trio issued its debut album, Swingin' Stampede!, in the fall of 1998; the follow-up, Tall Tales, appeared a year later. New bassist Matt Weiner joined Smith and Fremerman for 2000's Dev'lish Mary. Ghost Train came two years...
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Tall Tales, The Hot Club of Cowtown
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1999

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