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Dev'lish Mary CD

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While this trio's earlier efforts at minimalist Western swing tended to be tepid and tentative at times, plagued by the most obvious song choices, nearly all those drawbacks have vanished for this third release. Along with more inventive arrangements, Whit Smith's guitar echoes the rhythm genius of former Texas Playboy Eldon Shamblin and jazzman George Barnes's vinegary tone. More remarkable is Elana Fremerman's dramatically improved fiddling. While it's no small achievement to capture the unrelenting swing of former Playboy fiddlers Jesse Ashlock and Louis Tierney, she does that consistently. Assisted in spots by guest cornetist Peter Ecklund and ex-Bob Wills steel guitarist Bobby Koefer, the Hot Club include in their repertoire here a warm version of Eddy Arnold's 1948 "Just a Little Lovin'" and Wills's now-forgotten 1945 hit "You Don't Care What Happens to Me." Further ratifying their drastic progress are smart instrumental renditions of "Tchavolo Swing," Barnes's "Way Down Yonder in the Cornfield," and the Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang jazz classic "The Wild Dog." Despite the occasional bland vocal, their newfound maturity and taste is undeniable. --Rich Kienzle

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00004WH6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I saw this band about a month ago for the first time in Atlanta, when they opened for the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and they were amazing!! (I was even lucky enought to meet them, and they signed my cd!) Their set was full of energy and had the audience jumping with the great mix of hot jazz and country and western swing. Elana's fiddle playing is fast and lively, and Whit's twangin' guitar is the perfect compliment. This CD, their latest, does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the live show. Even if you're not a fan of this type of music, you should find your toes tappin' to the likes of 'Dev'lish Mary' and 'Tchavolo Swing.' The band also has a few originals on the cd and they're good as well. All in all, an excellent buy from a great up-and-coming band, and well-worth the money!
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After hearing the wonderful version of Sally Goodin here, that almost measures up to the version Bob Wills put on his Tiffany Transcriptions, there was no way I could live without this CD.

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.
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Hot Club of Cowtown is an amazing band. 3 pieces - swinging fiddle, hot guitar, and rock-steady upright bass. Part Django and part Western Swing, Hot Club of Cowtown brings it all home with arrangements including "Dev'lish Mary", "When the Bloom is on the Sage", and the classic "Stardust". The band is joined by first rate sidemen. The trumpet (used on a few songs) provides a great traditional jazz feel. If you ever get the chance to see Hot Club of Cowtown live, go to their gig by all means. The fiddle/guitar interplay on several of the songs is very nice as are many of the guitar and fiddle solos. This is music that is rarely heard on the radio, so do yourself a favor and buy this CD. Play it in your car and you'll be rollin' down the wide open road with your foot a-tappin'. Perfect for that big Route 66 roadtrip that you've been thinking about.
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Filling in my Hot Club collection is always a good thing. These guys are at the top of my play list, and now having seen them live for the first time and chatting with them, I feel a personal bonding with them.
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It's really impossible to go wrong with any of the Hot Club's CDs, but I think Dev'lish Mary still ranks as my sentimental favorite since it was the first one I bought. The sound is equal parts Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt. This album is a good mix of mid-tempo swingers (It's My Lazy Day and When the Bloom is on the Sage stand out), and barn burners (like Little Liza Jane). There's also some frenzied gypsy music thrown in for good measure. It's all played flawlessly with great energy. My personal favorite is their take on Stardust which really ranks as THE most beautiful version of this song I have ever heard.
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By jpkohio on September 12, 2000
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Hot Club of Cowtown had a CD release party at the Continental Club in Austin on Sept 9, 2000 that I was lucky enough to attend while visiting Texas. Most of the material on the CD was featured in their two tight and fast moving sets and the packed house of Austin music lovers loved it. The band plays their own western swing arrangements of well-known tunes as well as original songs. Guitar, fiddle and stand up bass are all super. They earned their encore. I want more and am buying the CD today.
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This trio is FANTASTIC! Were lucky enough to see and hear them this past Labor Day appearing at Rythm and Roots, in Rhode Island. Bought their latest CD (as above), and relived the pleasure all over again. So many recognisable old tunes to enjoy all over again, their talents are truly great. Have already bought their two other CD's, Swingin' Stampede (put away for a Xmas surprise), and Tall Tales, good but not AS good as Dev'lish Mary. Cant wait to hear more!
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