Call me stange but I have loved what I’ve heard from the now defunct western swing meets hot jazz trio The Hotclub of Cowtown. Elana James is the bands ex-violinest and co-singer-songwriter. She’s a fabulous fiddle player and an excellent singer and I’ve always been amazed at her beauty (esp. considering the band tours hard; hitting every county fair and rodeo between San Fran and NYC).
Anyway it’s kind of a no brainer that she’d step out on her own eventually. But no matter how much I love this, I wonder what the market is for a project like this in the year 2007. However if anyone can make it work it’s prbably Elana. She’s played with Dylan as an opening act and then was called to be in his band on the last couple of tours. When Hotclub dissolved it was the experience touring with Dylan that gave her the impetus to start her own thing. Her self titled debut is out on February 27 on Snarf Records. Buy it here. Catch her at SxSW March 16 at Momo’s.
I never, ever, link to streams; I think it’s bad news. If mp3 bloggers get satisfied with streams the music industry (or at least what remains of it) will pull the rug out from under us and limit promotional mp3′s. With that said, I think what Josh Rouse is doing online with his Backstage Recordings is brilliant. A perfect use of the internet and the collaborative nature of artists. Here’s the link to watch Josh duet backstage with various opening acts including Dawn Landes, Stephen Kellog, and Jill Barber.