Hot Club of Cowtown
Count us as Cowtowners, the name for the cult-like following that this band has developed over the decade. Direct from their international tour, Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be one of the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging Western gypsy jazz and western swing bands on the planet. From their first recording in 1998, the Austin-based trio has become as popular in England as they are in the United States, have toured from Azerbaijan to stadiums worldwide, and have opened artists like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Cowtown continues to bring their brand of western swing to a wide range of festival audiences all over the world. But for guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James and bassist Jake Erwin, it has always been about staying true to their roots. For Smith, it’s a homecoming of sorts, since he grew up in Wellfleet.
Remaining willfully out of the musical mainstream, Hot Club of Cowtown stands out for their sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by their namesakes: “Hot Club” from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Hot Club of France, and “Cowtown” from the Western swing influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Plus, instrument aficionados will drool over the 1925 Gibson acoustic, 1937 Gibson amp and all the other classic gear that the band brings to the show.