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The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon Opening Concert Featuring John Jorgenson Presents a Tribute to Charlie Christian with Special Guests Jason Marsalis, Cindy Cashdollar, and the Hot Club of Cowtown

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John Jorgenson
John Jorgenson is perhaps best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters. Recognized for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and his mastery of a broad musical palette, Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, and many others.

First coming to national attention in the mid-1980s as, Jorgenson drew an eclectic array of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, and Barbra Streisand because of the artistry he injected into their recordings. While a member of the Desert Rose Band, Jorgenson won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award for two consecutive years.

Cindy Cashdollar
Dobro, steel guitar, and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres, including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep at the Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, and Peter Rowan. Cashdollar’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo—and to do it in so many musical genres—has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene.

Hot Club of Cowtown
Imagine Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys meeting Django Reinhardt and you have a sense of what the Hot Club of Cowtown is about.

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown has seen its star continue to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows became its global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” by the Times of London, the band has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away,” according to the Independent. The American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound,” and the Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game.”

John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitarists in the world.

Los Angeles Times

Among those few who count five Grammys on their shelf, Cindy Cashdollar is an even rarer talent, in demand for her roots-based Dobro and steel guitar playing.

Austin Chronicle

The hot jazz is what Hot Club do best, and this is a staggering return to form for the band I once said I could listen to forever. That still stands.

—Duncan Warwick, Country Music People

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