Western Clambake

by Hot Club of Cowtown

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1997 — 20th Anniversary Reissue 2017 / Gold Strike Records

Our very first recording, Western Clambake, which had previously been available only on cassette tape, first recorded in August, 1997 in San Diego, CA.

The original lineup of the band, documented in this collection, was Hot Club of Cowtown founders Whit Smith on guitar and Elana James on fiddle, with bassist T.C. Cyran. This collection of songs, 38 minutes of total playing time, covers all 14 tracks is a raw, almost primitive collection, a tide of pure energy and relentless enthusiasm. Whit Smith is the only vocalist, but background shouts and trills lend dimension, as does the electrifying thrill of James’s fiddle, Smith’s primal guitar tone, and the acoustic slap and thump of Cyran’s bass. The overall effect is of a metal cylinder field recording c. 1937 with Alan Lomax’s slight distortion from the original cassette after 20 years lends this collection the grit and heart of another era.

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released August 29, 1997

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Hot Club of Cowtown Austin, Texas

“The world’s most engaging Western Swing band – their shows are all about energy and joie de vivre – the devil-may-care style that combined the rigour of Jazz with the down-home sentiment of Country and earthiness of the Blues – it is as a live act that they have made their greatest impact.” 
—The Sunday Times (London), 2009
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