Geoff Muldaur & the
Texas Sheiks Geoff
guitar, banjo-guitar, kazoo
Geoff Muldaur & the Texas Sheiks
guitar, banjo-guitar, kazoo
Geoff Muldaur (Kweskin Jug Band) has assembled an all-star string band to romp and stomp their way through blues, jug band, Western swing and hillbilly music of the 20s and 30s: Grammy-winning Dobro player Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Asleep at the Wheel), multi-instrumentalist and singer Johnny Nicholas (Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines), bassist Bruce Hughes (Poi Dog Pondering, Jason Mraz), and fiddle whiz Suzy Thompson, with the big jug band kahuna himself, Jim Kweskin, guesting on vocals and guitar. Cashdollar, Nicholas and Hughes all live in Austin, Texas, and Muldaur and Kweskin both hang their hats in Los Angeles, while Thompson lives in Berkeley – the Texas Sheiks isn’t an ongoing touring act, so a performance by the Texas Sheiks is definitely a special event.
The Texas Sheiks was put together as a project to distract beloved Austin guitar icon Stephen Bruton (Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson) from his battle with cancer. Unfortunately he lost that fight last May, but the group had so much fun playing together that they decided to reunite for a couple of live shows, one in Austin and one in Berkeley.
Suzy says: "Recording the Texas Sheiks album was just the way making a record really should be, but seldom is: all the musicians together in one room, minimal rehearsal, maximum mind-meld, easy, intense, grooves like crazy, musically satisfying." This isn't going to be a touring band, at this point the Austin gig and the gig at the Freight are the only two live performances scheduled, so if you can make one or the other, please do!
Here’s what reviewers are saying about Geoff Muldaur & the Texas Sheiks:
“Got the blues? Here’s the cure. These singers and players sound happy and the feeling is completely contagious. The blend of competence and joy in these performances is enough to satisfy anyone for a long time!” - Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
"A virtuosic and engaging survey of roots/old-time/string band music featuring an assortment of musical heavyweights." - John T. Davis, Austin American Statesman
“A sinuous merging of string-band, blues and ancient pop. Muldaur only sings half the songs. The album is also a showcase for Johnny Nicholas, 60, one of the finest - and least known - American blues singers. “He’s phenomenal,” Muldaur said. “A scary voice and raw sexuality.” Born in Rhode Island and now a Texas restaurant owner, Nicholas has played with Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and Asleep at the Wheel as well as blues great Big Walter Horton.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
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