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The Hot Club of Cow Town is a great band. Particularly on the initial records, we are seeing straight up Bob Wills music. The sound and most of the selections come from Bob Willis's great Tiffany Transcriptions of the mid 1940s. The Tiffany transcriptions were records made to be played on radio stations (back when radio stations usually did not play regular retail sold records). They were hotter, looser, and with a fuller repertoire than the recordings they were making for Columbia during these years.
The Hot Club picks up this music so well, and in such a lively spirit without being directly imitative that on some selections here I expect to hear Bob Wills, Joe Holley, or Tommy Duncan singing.
Their musical achievement is to do this with a trio. They all were veterans of large real sized Western Swing aggregations in NYC and California and Texas. They were true to life Western Swing bands, but there aren't a lot of venues that are going to pay enough money for a 7, 8. or 9 piece bands to support its members, a factor that helped Rock and Roll get rid of lots of Western Swing, Big Band swing, and R & B groups in the 1950s, a trio or foursome is just cheaper to hire than a mini orchestra.
Being an inspiring wannabe baby steps fiddler, I really in love with Elena's work on all the albums. She takes a lot of her lead from the great Joe Holley's solos and obligatos with Wills in the 40s and when he rejoined the Playboys in the early 1960s. However, Elena gets a bigger richer more musically fluent sound.Read more ›
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This is a very good CD! The energy that these 3 play with is fun and catchy!!Published 4 months ago by mark
My tastes in music must be pretty eclectic. On the one hand, when listening to my stereo I tend to prefer electronica above all else these days. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Gary Peterson
This is another phenomenal album. It has one of my favorite renditions of Devil's Dream ever recorded and is, in true HCOC fashion, a genuinely good album. Read morePublished on July 7, 2006 by James M. Randorff
Fun new swing group - this album is one that will run for a while without getting tired.Published on August 13, 2003 by A reader
Now I have all three of Hot Club of Cowtown's releases. They all swing and are absolutely delightful. Real feel good music. Read morePublished on March 20, 2002