What Makes Bob Holler - The Hot Club of Cowtown
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  • Summary: The tribute album to Bob Willis by the country-jazz trio from Austin, Texas, was recorded over three days in London.
  • Record Label: Proper Records
  • Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Christian, Religious, Retro Swing, Western Swing Revival
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Mar 23, 2011
    89
    This set proves they're not only the best at what they do; they're the only one's that can do what they do.
  2. 80
    Reportedly recorded in three days, and obviously without many overdubs in such a short span, What Makes Bob Holler is an excellent recording by three skilled musicians who can seemingly just tune up and play, something that's becoming increasingly rare these days
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    The Cowtown trio are energetic and classy performers, driven on by the fiddle work of Elana James, and produce rousing, pared-down treatments of anything from the good-natured What's The Matter With The Mill? to the dance instrumental Osage Stomp or the cowboy ballad Along the Navajo Trail. Bob Wills would have been impressed.
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    75
    Hot Club of Cowtown isn't out to bowl listeners over with musical fireworks, but there are moments that might spur you to let loose with a hearty "Ah-haaaa!"
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    As a trio, they have to be resourceful to get the kind of full sound Wills got with his ensemble, but they're up to the task.
  6. It's all very gladsome, technically fine and will lift your day. But, as with all such heritaged musics, it won't make your day over. Pleasant though.
  7. Apr 21, 2011
    70
    In nearly every case, they're bringing their own personalities into the mix by adding touches of other songs, inserting sly jokes, or just cutting loose. It's the sound of a band paying tribute to a major influence, but also making something they can be proud to call their own.