Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bob Wills Meets the Boswell Sisters

Category:  Concert Review 

Country music historian and WSM DJ Eddie Stubbs once told me that there are only three acts that he unequivocally endorses, and one of them is the Quebe Sisters.  It's certainly an oversimplification to describe the Texas trio as "Bob Wills meets the Boswell Sisters."  It's apt:  the three siblings' flawless fiddle work augment harmonies that are a throwback to the famed 1930's trio.  The comparison, however, might lead one to think that the Quebe Sisters are mimicking either (or both) acts, and nothing is further from the truth.  Their show at the Indiana University Southeast Ogle Center in New Albany on Friday (9/18) proved that they are one of a kind, leaving a packed audience delighted.

Simon Stipp on guitar backs the Quebe Sisters.
c.2015 K.F. Raizor

The three sisters -- Grace, Sophia, and Hulda -- all play fiddles.  Their three-fiddle attack was augmented only by the very capable rhythm section of Simon Stipp on guitar and Daniel Parr on upright bass.  They played two sets of extraordinary music, with the only complaint being it wasn't long enough.  They could have played for two days instead of two hours and it still would have been too short.

From their opening fiddle strains to the close of the encore ("San Antonio Rose") the Quebe Sisters had the audience in the palm of their collective hand.  Their performance meandered through American music classics, including Les Paul & Mary Ford's "How High the Moon" (which sounded as amazing with three-part harmonies as one might imagine), Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind," Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart," and Connie Smith's debut hit, the Bill Anderson-penned "Once a Day."  Many of the songs in the two sets came from their most recent album, 2014's Every Which-a-Way, but they also included tunes from their other two albums.

The Quebe Sisters are dedicated to preserving the history of western swing and Texas-based music with their three-part harmonies and three-part fiddle work.  Do not miss this talented trio.

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