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Hot Club Of Cowtown makes its sixth visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. 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 fusing hot jazz and Western swing. The band has since become a favorite at fairs and festivals across Europe, and has opened stadium shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
In 2011, the trio released a collection of Western swing standards made famous by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, titled What Makes Bob Holler. The band’s latest, Rendezvous In Rhythm, is a companion piece of sorts, produced by Lloyd Maines and featuring a collection of songs played in the hot-jazz style of legendary musicians Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.