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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Elana James
Americana music has experienced a major revival in recent years, with groups like Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers topping the charts with their music based in traditional American genres. Hot Club of Cowtown, the Austin-based trio of Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin, are no bandwagoners, having played their hybrid of western swing and hot jazz firmly rooted in the American tradition since the 1990s. Yet, as the rest of the music world turns its eyes to Americana, the group has decided to explore their other biggest influence, the Gypsy jazz of 1930s Paris, on their current U.S. tour and upcoming album.
Miss James promises that the group's Vienna show will be a combination of the Gypsy jazz songs of the new record and some of the group's more western swing rooted material.
"I do think that anyone can hang out in a studio and make something spectacular, the proof is in the pudding," said Miss James. "To truly be a musician or artist or band, you have to haul your butt out there into the three dimensional realm and throw down life to people who are there to be transported. We do an ancient craft, we ride around and perform live in front of people. That might not be around a hundred years from now, but that's what being in a band is to me. If you can't take the show on the road, I kind of wonder what the show is."