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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.
"It's an American culture act going into the nooks and crannies of the culture and connecting with people on a village level," explained Miss James. "They took us to extremely remote parts of the country where there was no electricity and we'd play in a barn or an orphanage."
"With touring, a lot of your revenue comes from live CD sales at your shows," Miss James explained. "For us, our audience tends to be older, people who are accustomed to buying CDs and probably understand how important that is to artists."