Hot Club of Cowtown's new album swings


Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli’s Hot Club both blended early 20th century blues and jazz with the folk music of their culture. Both featured hot-shot fiddlers and guitarists, and both operated in their classic form from 1934 to 1948-’49, so they may have been aware of (and influenced by) each other, as well. The Hot Club Of Cowtown pays tribute to both bands by its name and with a disc of Bob Wills songs played as if members of each band showed up for the same gig. The album was done live in-studio, without overdubs, and the musicianship is worthy of either Wills’ or Reinhardt’s group.