Hot Club of Cowtown in the Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2014
Hot Club of Cowtown
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This trio’s stylistic genesis–as well as title–stems from the realization that the great heritage of strings (guitars and violins) originates mutually with the Manouche gypsies of France and the no-less virtuosic hillbilly pickers and fiddlers of Oklahoma and Texas. Their latest of many albums, “Rendezvous in Rhythm” features a high-energy lineup of standards, rendered in such a way as to honor the legacies of both Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills. Now together for over 15 years and a dozen albums, the threesome of high-heeled violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin showed from the beginning that jazz and country music could exist together on the same page, a highly commendable achievement if ever there was one.