May 15, 2005

Hot Club of Cowtown

Filed under: Music,Places — Cory @ 1:19 am

I drove up to Dripping Springs, Texas this afternoon to see Hot Club of Cowtown play at the Legends of Texas Swing Music Festival.

I arrived about 5 minutes before Hot Club’s first set was scheduled to start. There were two stages set up at the festival, so I went over to stage 2 and sat my chair down in an empty spot up front before the show on stage 1 finished. They played their first set from 5:15 to 6:00, and it was amazing, as expected. After the first Hot Club set Asleep at the Wheel performed on stage 1 from 6:00 to 7:15. They are pretty entertaining, but I saw them a couple months ago at the San Antonio Rodeo, and it wasn’t much different this time. The second Hot Club set was scheduled to start at 7:15 and last for 30 minutes. When they went on stage they asked Johnny Gimble to play with them, so he did. We lucked out because the performer that was supposed to go on after them on stage 1 was not ready in time, so instead of playing for 30 minutes Hot Club played with Johnny Gimble for an hour. I was able to record all of I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby on my camera. (That file is 101 MB, and is about 5 and a half minutes of video, just so you know. :) ) I also took some pictures of Elana, Whit and Jake on stage. Overall this was a terrific show and I was sad to learn that they will not be playing together for much longer.

Afterwards I drove up to Waterloo Records in Austin and picked up Hot Club’s Ghost Train and Two Tons of Steel’s Transparent, both of which seem really good.

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