Sep 12, 2021 10:01 AM

'Progressive western swing' group set to perform in NW Kansas

Posted Sep 12, 2021 10:01 AM

WPAA

Returning to northwest Kansas the following Sunday, Sept. 19, are a popular progressive western swing trio from Texas. With over 15 years of touring, The Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America and Europe. The sisters will take stage at the Oakley High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. CDT, Sunday, Sept. 19.

In addition to businesses and individual donors from throughout the region, this program is made possible through a special season gift from the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Foundation, Logan. Admission by WPAA season ticket or adults $20, students $10 at the door.

Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative Progressive Western Swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and sibling harmony. The Dallas-based five-piece presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. 

“We differentiate our music as ‘Progressive Western Swing’ from simply ‘Western Swing’ because we aren’t trying to sound just like Bob Wills,” Grace Quebe explains. “Instead, we continue his vision, playing the style he pioneered in an authentic way by incorporating new genres and songs, interpreting them using our own unique voice through Country instrumentation.”

The band’s stripped-down acoustic instrumentation breathes new life into seasoned sounds once found in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks. Grace continues, “To us, preserving the tradition of Western Swing isn’t about keeping something alive like a relic. Western Swing has always been about innovation.” 

Innovation has led the sisters to channel the musical connection between danceability and emotiveness, combining old sounds with new feelings and old feelings with new sounds. It’s not nostalgia that drives the band as purveyors of Western Swing, but the aspiration to take the music back to its roots and sustain the spirit of Swing. Combine the musical stylings of The Mills Brothers, Ray Price, Count Basie, Willie Nelson, and you have none other than The Quebe Sisters.

Here is what three of the America’s greatest musical legends say about The Quebe Sisters. 

"The Quebe Sisters simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today's music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence and man can they play." — Jimmy Buffett

"It's an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I'm probably their biggest fan." — Marty Stuart

"The Quebe Sisters are some of the most talented people I've ever met. They do Texas proud. They live in Texas, sound like Texas and they're prettier than Texas Bluebonnets, and sweeter than sugar cane. I love the Quebe Sisters"— Ricky Skaggs