@ZackTeibloom There’s something special about a weekly residency. It’s how Festival Crashers got to know Ezra Furman so well and we couldn’t be happier about that. Thankfully we have a residency starting up tonight, as Hot Club of Cowtown begins a 5-week run at Continental Club. Don’t know them yet? Well, they’re a three-piece band with violin, guitar and stand-up bass and they all sing. Singer and violinist Elana James describes them as similar to early string bands. Like Norah Jones w/ some Wayne Hancock. Comparable to Caroline Chocolate Drops. Still not sure what to expect? She insists you have to come see them to really understand. Bob Dylan saw them live opening for Willie Nelson and brought Elana on tour. The only woman to tour with him in 30 years. Convinced yet? It’s only $5, which also lets you in on happy hour specials. Jools Holland had the band on twice and this NYE gig was pure fire:
James told me that they tour so relentlessly because it’s the only way to get people’s attention. If you start to describe bands they sound like, you lose the attention of the average music fan. But see them play and a whole world opens up to you.
“It’s so hard to describe what we do,” she said. “It’s why we tour our asses off for such a long time. It would be great if we could relay that this is everyone’s music. Not just for people who fought in World War 2.”
She says they’ve never dumbed it down or sold out or put bells and whistles on their show to get more mass appeal, insisting it’s great as it is. I asked if they played covers and she corrected me, “standards.” Classics like “Georgia” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Pennies From Heaven” and “I Can’t Believe You’re in Love With Me.”
Come see a few standards tonight @ 6:30 p.m. to Continental Club on 1315 S. Congress.
Full disclosure: I’m running the social media for Hot Club of Cowtown now. I truly enjoy their music or I wouldn’t be doing it. I didn’t say anything I don’t think is entirely true. Enjoy the show!