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Tall Tales [The Hot Club of Cowtown]

  • 1. Draggin' the Bow
    2. Emily
    3. Darling You and I Are Through
    4. I Can't Tame Wild Women
    5. When I Lost You
    6. You Can't Take It with You
    7. Wild Cat
    8. Always and Always
    9. I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You
    10. Joe Bob Rag
    11. There'll Be Some Changes Made
    12. Red Hot Mama
    13. Bonaparte's Retreat
    14. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
    15. Sally Goodin'
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HCD 8104

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Stuckey
    EngineerScott Hollingsworth

    The Hot Club Of Cowtown: Whit Smith (vocals, guitar); Elana Fremerman (violin); Billy Horton (bass).
    Additional personnel includes: Joe Kerr (piano).
    Personnel: Whit Smith (vocals, guitar); Elana Fremerman (vocals, violin); Billy Horton (vocals, upright bass); Marty Laster (violin); Peter Ecklund (cornet); Joe Kerr (piano).
    Recording information: Baby Monster Studios, New York, NY (04/05/1999-04/08/1999); Baby Monster Studios, NY (04/05/1999-04/08/1999).
    Photographer: George Brainard.
    The Hot Club of Cowtown's second album is as winning as their debut, released just a year prior. Furthermore, they're exhibiting smart and meaningful growth. Their first original compositions are in amongst the fifteen tracks this time out. There's a fine track written by fiddler and vocalist Elana Fremerman, and a couple more by guitarist/singer Whit Smith. The rest of the material deftly mixes the trio's love of American songcraft with their passion for western swing and the 1930s and '40s hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. They've also broadened the instrumental palette, with guest appearances on a few songs by Peter Ecklund on cornet, Joe Kerr on piano, and Marty Lester on an additional violin. The Hot Club is a tight and swinging combo that mixes amiable arrangements with prodigious instrumental skills.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, p.86) - "...the sound is tighter, they swing harder, and the virtuosity factor...has gone through the roof....nothing short of delicious..."
    Country Music People (1/00, p.22) - 5 out of 5 - "...sits comfortably alongside the standards....HCoC have made a significant leap forward since their last album....the very best at what they do."
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