The Hot Club Of Cowtown
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
The Hot Club Of Cowtown
The Hot Club of Cowtown is a hot jazz & Western swing trio based in Austin, Texas. The band is Elana James on fiddle & vocals, Whit Smith on guitar & vocals, and Jake Erwin on upright bass & vocals. Founded by Whit and Elana in Pacific Beach, California in 1997, the Hot Club of Cowtown is celebrating its 20th anniversary during the 2017-2018 season.
“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….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.” -Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal, 2014
TELEVISION & FILM
Later With Jools Holland and the Jools Holland New Year’s Eve Hootenanny (UK), $40 a Day with Rachael Ray (US), the Grand Ol’ Opry Live (US), Good Morning Azerbaijan (AZ), BBC Live From Glastonbury broadcast (UK), Larry’s Country Diner (US), the Texas Music Cafe. Songs in film and on soundtracks include Four Dead Batteries, In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Mountain Stage, Etown, World Cafe, A Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, FOX News Radio, Morning Edition, Sirius Satellite, XM Satellite, ABC live (Australia), BBC live (UK)
Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, National Folk Festival (US and AU), Stagecoach Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Waiting for Waits Festival (SP), Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN, Barns at Wolftrap, Rochester Jazz Festival, Strawberry Festival, Jazz at Lincon Center, US State Department Musical Ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, the Sultanate of Oman, Algeria; Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame (inducted 2004), tours with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, the Mavericks, Roxy Music, The Avett Brothers, Bryan Ferry, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Dan Hicks, Asleep at the Wheel, and more.