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The Best Of Hot Club Of Cowtown

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The Best Of Hot Club Of Cowtown
The Best Of Hot Club Of Cowtown


Originally a duo, Elana James (vocals/violin) and Whit Smith (vocals/guitar), The Hot Club of Cowtown formed in New York in 1996 after discovering they had similar appreciation of the hot swing and jazz of the 1920s to the '40s. It was a special time when songs were plain-spoken yet literate, and when the blues was a complex, refined language of the soul. So Whit and Elana built their new musical union on the bedrock of swinging string artists such as Bob Wills, Django Reinhardt, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Stuff Smith, George Barnes and others. The band made their debut on HighTone with Swingin' Stampede in 1998, followed by Tall Tales a year later and Dev'lish Mary in 2000. After working with different bass players, the Hot Club's lineup finally solidified with the arrival of Jake Erwin on 2002's Ghost Train, which was produced by Gurf Morlix and focused on more original tracks than standards. HighTone released Continental Stomp in 2003, which was recorded live at the Continental Club in Austin. This collection of band-picked highlights from the Hot Club's years on HighTone Records makes a compact primer in what made so many fans fall for them in the first place: their fiery playing, nuanced vocals and contagious enthusiasm.


  1. Name
  2. ID Red (Live)
  3. I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
  4. Forget-Me-Nots
  5. It Stops With Me
  6. Chip Away The Stone
  7. Star Dust
  8. Secret Of Mine
  9. Deed I Do (Live)
  10. Sleep
  11. Way Down Yonder In The Cornfield
  12. Always And Always
  13. Fuli Tschai ('Bad Girl')
  14. I'd Understand Why
  15. Cherokee Shuffle
  16. I Had Someone Else
  17. Emily
  18. Tchavolo Swing
  19. Exactly Like You
  20. When I Lost You
  21. Orange Blossom Special (Live)
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