The Ritz Theater and La Bella Strings, in association with the Bardavon, will welcome Cindy Cashdollar and Steve James on Saturday, October 16 at 8 pm. The concert is a part of the 2010-11 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series.
Cindy Cashdollar is one of the foremost steel and dobro players in the country and has collaborated with everyone from Bob Dylan to Rod Stewart. As a former member of the Grammy-winning and critically-adored Western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel, she played roadhouses and concert halls throughout the country and abroad, has appeared on national television (including The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits and Nashville Now) and has played on numerous albums. She has also been heard playing with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, The Woodstock Mountains Revue, Livingston Taylor, Graham Parker, Paul Butterfield and many others. National Public Radio listeners can catch her frequent guest appearances on Garrison Keillor’s live radio program, A Prairie Home Companion.
Steve James is a well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues. His instrumental versatility on guitar, bottleneck slide guitar, mandolin, and guitar-banjo has made him a favorite on the Country/Blues scene. He has been heard on A Prairie Home Companion and The House of Blues Radio Network. He is also a Blues historian and storyteller; he has the gift of gab and uses it well. In the studio, his solo efforts have been enriched by musical contributions from fellow travelers Bob Brozman, Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cindy Cashdollar, Gary Primich, Ruthie Foster, and his frequent duet partner Del Rey. In turn, Steve has recorded with a diverse crew including Maria Muldaur, James McMurtry, Jesse “Babyface” Thomas and Kevin Russell of The Gourds. He has played live with a slate of Blues/Roots luminaries including John Hammond, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Howard Armstrong. His original songs have been variously covered by artists from new-folk phenom Ana Egge to folk/blues godfather Dave Van Ronk. Steve has also appeared on numerous compilation albums, including a recent Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi Fred Malbumowell and an homage to Charley Patton, to which he contributed both music and liner notes.
Both Texas transplants, Cindy and Steve met soon after Cindy arrived in the Lone Star State to join Asleep at the Wheel. Steve, impressed by Cindy’s ability to spontaneously set fire to any Roots/Country/Blues arrangement, invited her to play on his incendiary Art and Grit album and subsequently on the kinetic Boom Chang, playing as a duet or pairing her with Bob Brozman and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Steve’s Fast Texas album similarly featured Cindy on a musical tribute to their adopted home state. Cindy, meanwhile, returned the musical compliment when she embarked on the epic Slide Show album. It was her first solo effort, and the theme was to be duets with some of her favorite slide and steel guitar players, and she called on Steve to do the first session and co-write the title track. Together, their shows are a unique combination of blues, hillbilly, swing, ballad and bop. Cindy’s unerring ability to 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. Cindy first heard the unique sliding sound of the dobro in her hometown of Woodstock, New York, where she honed her skills playing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, and many others who lived in the small but musically hip Catskill mountain town. Eight years and thousands of miles on the road with Asleep at the Wheel helped her introduce the classic sounds of the non-pedal steel to enthusiastic audiences worldwide. And, in answer to her most frequently asked question: Yes, Cashdollar is a real name.
“The old masters clearly passed on the secret of achieving the blues musicians goal of ‘oneness’ – that state of grace where voice, hands, guitar, bottleneck and feet coalesce and the fingers finish phrases the voice begins or vice-versa.” —Scottish Herald
“Flawless fingerpicking and slide guitar paired with an idiosyncratic writing style and an exuberant performance persona makes Steve James come on like a full band.” —Dirty Linen
The Tom Humphrey Guitar Series serves to honor the memory of the legendary Hudson Valley-based luthier who passed away in 2008. The idea for the concerts came from Tom Humphrey just two months before his death. In a series of meetings with Chris Silva of the Bardavon, Richard Cocco, Jr. of La Bella Strings and Tricia Haggerty Wenz of the Ritz Theater and Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Humphrey laid the ground work for a guitar series at the Ritz which kicked off its first two seasons with performances by Odair Assad, Pete Seeger, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell, and others.
The concert will be held in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh, and tickets can be purchased through TicketWeb or (866) 468-7619, or by contacting the Ritz Theater Box Office at (845) 784-1199 or . All tickets are $25 and include a reception with the musicians immediately following the concert. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets to all five Tom Humphrey Guitar Series shows by October 1 and receive reserved seating in the first three rows.