This weekend, the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, presents two evenings of jaw-dropping musical virtuosity and unforgettable live performances beginning Thursday, June 1 with Austin, Texas' Hot Club of Cowtown, followed on Friday, June 2 with award-winning banjoist Jayme Stone's Folklife featuring Moira Smiley (Solas, tUnE-yArDs), Sumaia Jackson, and Tristan Clarridge.
HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown's star has continued to rise with accounts of the trio's outstanding live shows that bring together classic Western swing and cowboy ballads with hot jazz standards and gypsy instrumentals.
The name "Hot Club" comes from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club of France, and "Cowtown" from the western influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the band's love of fiddle tunes, hoedowns, and songs of the American west.
With thirteen critically acclaimed albums under their belt, and a fourteenth on the way to celebrate the band's 20th Anniversary, Hot Club of Cowtown continues to bring Western swing to new audiences across the globe. They have toured with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, opened shows for Bryan Ferry, The Avett Brothers, and opened seven nights of Roxy Music's sold-out "For Your Pleasure" U.K. stadium tour. They have also performed at the Women in Jazz series at the Lincoln Center, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Stagecoach Festival, Strawberry Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Mountain Stage, The Grand Ole Opry, and many more. They are also inductees of Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
JAYME STONE'S FOLKLIFE
Considered "the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo", Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds.
Jayme's most recent project and album Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone's "Lomax Project," a catalog of songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears.
This collaboration brings together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.
With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, Stone and friends present concerts and educational programs that are moving, inventive and participatory experiences.