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High Flyers Land at Susanna’s Kitchen
Susanna’s Kitchen will be kicking off their 2005/2006 Season September 15, 7:30 p.m. with the High Flyers!
Elana Fremerman, Redd Volkaert and Cindy Cashdollar

Susanna’s Kitchen will be kicking off their 2005/2006 Season September 15, 7:30 p.m. with the High Flyers!  The High Flyers are a trio made up of the talents of Elana Fremerman, Redd Volkaert and Cindy Cashdollar.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see great talent close to home in the hill country!

Formerly the driving force behind the hot jazz/Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown, violinist and singer Elana Fremerman is an internationally acclaimed performer who has been featured at countless major concerts and music festivals worldwide. Most recently Elana has teamed up with Bob Dylan as part of his touring band, the first female instrumentalist to do so in thirty years. Elana is also a regular guest on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and has been a featured guest on television and radio shows including WSM's Grand Ole Opry, NPR's All Things Considered, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town Live, and many others. One of the youngest members ever to be inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, Elana makes her home in Austin, Texas.

Redd Volkaert is an amazing talent, having traveled and played across the country, LA, Nashville, and now Austin.  He played guitar with Merle Haggard 1997-2002. “Since I got here to Austin in 2000, I've been playing in clubs around town, with my own little band and some others, doing some recording and TV work as well, and periodically flying to Nashville to record, doing some guitar clinics here and there. Mostly I've got to play with some fantastic players, live and on digital tape here in Texas. I jammed with some great players too. There's a lot of great music right here in Texas, I just wish I'd come here sooner!”

What makes steel guitar and Dobro player Cindy Cashdollar’s musical journey stand out is a combination of restless creativity and an uncanny ability to understand and add to a wild array of styles.  She has worked with the likes of Leon Redbone, Graham Parker, Bob Dylan (on his Grammy winning “Time out of Mind” CD), Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Rowan, and the stellar Cajun group BeauSoleil.  As the steel guitarist for eight years with western swing kingpins Asleep at the Wheel, she logged many more additional road miles and won five Grammies.  Their critically acclaimed “A Tribute of the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys” and “Ride with Bob” CD’s afforded Cindy the chance to work with some of the premier country artists of our time, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, George Strait, and the Dixie Chicks.  

Cashdollar (it's a real name) was born and raised in the infamous Catskill Mt. town of Woodstock, NY, and credits her musical beginnings to the large and varied influx of musicians that lived and/or performed there at the time. Starting out on guitar, she later switched to Dobro and started touring with bluegrass artist John Herald, and then in an acoustic quartet with The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko. Other local artists such as the legendary Paul Butterfield and Happy and Artie Traum were also part of her early musical experience and influence.

Cindy was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2003 by the Academy of Western Artists Awards, and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame in 2003. She is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prarie Home Companion" public radio show, and has released four instructional videos for Dobro and steel on Homespun Tapes. Texas has been her home since 1992, and since her departure from Asleep At The Wheel in 2001, she continues to enjoy a variety of freelance work, both on the road and in the studio.

Susanna’s Kitchen is hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church on CR 1492 and RR 12 South of Wimberley.  It is an intimate coffee house setting, alcohol and smoke free.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door.  Susanna’s Kitchen is on the third Thursday of the Month, September through May. Homemade pies donated by Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and fresh tamales are available during the show, proceeds to benefit local missions.  Come on out for a wonderful evening of great music and great food!  Doors open at 7:00 pm. For more details call 512 847-3109.


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