Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin love to swing. But their obsession has a split character, its potent dichotomy right there in their trio's name: Hot Club (as in Django Reinhardt's and Stephane Grappelli's Paris-based Gypsy jazz) of Cowtown (as in deep in the heart of Texas where Bob Wills's Western swing sprang). The Cowpokes' thing has been reconciling swing one and swing two with a Seussian sense of wonder and élan, firing up their virtuosic picking skills — fiddle, guitar, and bass, respectively — and igniting a magical flame that defies the decades. Last time out the trio dug into the sagebrush and wrangled up their first full-fledged tribute to Wills and his... More >>>