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Quebe Sisters Band returns to headline 2010 Cowboy Festival

Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joachin, Dave Stamey co-headline

Posted: November 20, 2009 11:38 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2009 2:39 p.m.

The Quebe Sisters Band, 2008 (counterclockwise, from left): Sophia, Hulda and Grace Quebe; Joey McKenzie; and Drew Phelps.

 
Texas swing group The Quebe Sisters Band returns to the Santa Clarita Valley to headline the 2010 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on the last weekend of April.

Co-headlining the 2010 festival are Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joachin and Dave Stamey.

Rounding out the talent lineup on the various festival stages and locations are Cow Bop, Brenn Hill, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Juni Fisher, Jon Chandler & the Wichitones, The Sons and Brothers, Rusty Richards, Andy Nelson, Nancy Lee, The Saddle Cats, Pat Richardson, Michael Tcherkassky, The Messick Family, Dave Rainwater, Mariachi Alma de Mexico, John Hustead, Ballet Folklorico, The Band of California Battalion, David Bourne, Dave Thornbury, Jim Towsley, the Eagle Spirit Dancers, Whit Haydn, John Reynolds, and The Lost Canyon Rangers.

The annual festival is hosted by the city of Santa Clarita, and organizers will announce the complete performance and activities schedule Dec. 1.

Tickets will be available on the official Cowboy Festival Web site as of Jan. 4.

Sponsor, vendor and volunteer information is now available online.

About The Quebe Sisters Band
From Burleston, Texas and now based in Fort Worth, the Quebe Sisters Band played their first gig at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival in 2006, won raves, and encored by popular demand in 2008.

Fronted by award-winning triple-threat fiddlers and singers Sophia, Grace and Hulda Quebe (pronounced KWAY-be), the QSB also features fellow Texans Joey McKenzie on rhythm guitar (a five-time Texas state champion) and Drew Phelps on upright bass (NTSU and Banff School of Fine Arts alum and former student of jazz string bass great Dave Holland).

The band blends the best elements of classic cowboy songs, Western swing fiddling and tightly woven three-part vocal harmonies.

The QSB's "hot cowboy jazz sounded like a cross between The Andrews Sisters and The Texas Playboys," and the sisters "represent the past, present and future of cowboy music and Western swing," to quote a Signal review of their 2006 appearance, when Grace, Sophia and Hulda were age 20, 18 and 15, respectively,

The sisters began playing in 1998 after attending a fiddle competition in Denton, Texas. Under the tutelage of McKenzie, a fiddler since he was 17 and a three-time world champion, and his wife Sherry McKenzie, also a noted fiddle player and teacher, the sisters started playing in '99 and performing publicly in 2000.

Soon they, too, had won several state, regional and national fiddle championships, and appeared on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Ernest Tubb's "Midnight Jamboree" on Nashville's WSM radio, and the National Folk Festival.

The sisters went on to share stages with kindred musical spirits including Ricky Skaggs, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky, Marty Stuart and even billionaire Warren Buffett, who all became QSB fans themselves.

McKenzie, also a five-time Texas state guitar champion, produced the sisters' all-instrumental debut album, "Texas Fiddlers," in 2003, with original bassist Mark Abbott.

The sisters added three-part harmony vocals to their sound in 2005, with the McKenzies helping out with the arrangements.

Two years later, the Quebes recorded their first fiddles 'n' vocals album, "Timeless," the title a reference to the classic songs featured and the styles in which the group plays them, and released it as the debut album on their own label.

By the time the quintet hit the 2008 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, they had become headliners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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