Recorded live last spring at Austin's Continental Club, this rollicking retro three-piece is definitely in its element over the course of 13 spirited cuts.

Recorded live last spring at Austin's Continental Club, this rollicking retro three-piece is definitely in its element over the course of 13 spirited cuts. Comprising Elana Fremerman (fiddle, lead vocals), Whit Smith (guitar, lead vocals) and Jake Erwin (bass, vocals), Hot Club of Cowtown kicks things off with the hard-charging instrumental "Diga Diga Doo," featuring some hot Taylor licks. This is followed by a likable version of the Fred Rose classic "Deed I Do" from Fremerman and a swingin' "Chinatown" with vocals from Smith. The trio takes ownership of the traditional jig "Ida Red," and Spade Cooley's "Crazy 'Cause I Love You" benefits from some spritely fiddle work and vocals from Fremerman. She also delivers a timeless vocal on "Exactly Like You," and the trio puts its stamp on a roiling "Orange Blossom Special." The bonus studio cut "I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me" is a smooth-as-silk midtempo ballad that could work its magic in any decade.—RW

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