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Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Hot Club of Cowtown.
JR Ancheta
Mountain Stage
Hot Club of Cowtown.

Hot Club of Cowtown makes its fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. After moving to Austin, the pair added upright bass player Jake Erwin, and the trio quickly made a name for itself by combining the Gypsy jazz championed by Django Reinhardt with the Western swing of Texas legend Bob Wills.

The band has since become a favorite at fairs and festivals across Europe, and has opened stadium shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. (It was even the first American band to tour Azerbaijan.) The trio's repertoire has expanded over the years to include a substantial amount of original material, including "Reunion," which was written by James. This set also includes a rare Mountain Stage encore — a cover of The Light Crust Doughboy's double-entendre-filled "Pussy, Pussy, Pussy," which was not heard during the radio broadcast for some reason.

Set List

  • "Avalon"
  • "Minor Swing"
  • "Forget Me Nots"
  • "I'm In The Mood For Love"
  • "Right Or Wrong"
  • "Osage Stomp"
  • "Reunion"
  • "Big Ball's In Cowtown"
  • "Pussy, Pussy, Pussy"
  • This episode of Mountain Stage was first published on Oct. 1, 2012.

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