The Quebe Sisters bring Texas Swing to Caffe Lena on June 22

The late Col. Bruce Hampton once referred to The Quebe Sisters as “un-bee-leivable” with a Texas swing sound, that he remarked was a bright light in music, where he saw “the music of today as horrifying.” With that simple recommendation in 2016, I discovered the sound of The Quebe Sisters, who will make their Caffe Lena return on June 22 in Saratoga Springs.

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This trailblazing trio offer a modern day take on country and Western Swing, doing so steadfastly and free of frivolous fanfare. Siblings Grace, Sophia, and Hulda are hardly newcomers, but rather harnass sensibilities coalesced as seasoned performers. The Dallas-based trio have spent the last 17 years merging three-part harmony and triple fiddles to put a youthful, jubilant spin on Bob Wills’ classic genre.

The sisters’ four studio albums – 2003’s Texas Fiddlers, 2007’s Timeless, 2014’s Every Which-A-Way, and 2019’s The Quebe Sisters – serve as sonic proof that these ladies are fearless interpreters and innovators.
There’s certainly no boxing the Quebe Sisters. Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe see western swing as an ocean of possibilities.

Bob Wills was all about experimentation – melding just about every style he heard. He hired the best musicians playing regionally traditional instruments, as well as players interested in experimenting on what were the cutting-edge instruments of the day. This spirit formed what we today call western swing, and it needs to be an ingredient in current iterations of western swing to keep the style fresh and vibrant for the present and future. So, for us it’s authentic to the style to introduce our own originals.

Grace Quebe

For these trailblazing women, performing before enthusiastic crowds means the deep, connected roots of country and western swing will be in full display. The Quebe siblings grew up in Texas surrounded by fiddles, bows, microphones, stages, and western swing tunes. Texas is the very reason Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe ended up playing triple fiddle, Grace says. But in true trailblazing fashion, Texas couldn’t contain such immense talent and dedication. The Quebe Sisters took their sound beyond the boundaries of the Lone Star state into North America, Europe, and even Russia.

I think our central ambition in playing music is to touch people’s hearts and souls—to make them feel beauty, to make them hear colors, to make them forget worries and have fun, to make them think about God. There is no time in history or culture that doesn’t need music in this way!

Hulda Quebe

Grace sees nothing odd about their progressive brand of western swing connecting with foreign audiences. “Nostalgia and curiosity play some role,” she says, “but particularly the syncopation and dance elements of the music we love and play make it timeless and universal. Everyone resonates with music that has a good feel. If it uplifts you and makes you want to dance, then we are doing our job right.”

The trio’s current tour, dubbed “Bye, For Now,” wraps up at the end of 2023. After that? Well, as Sophia says, it is, “much-needed R&R and time off the road. For now, we are taking an undetermined hiatus. This isn’t retirement for us, just a nice break.”

It is certainly a well-earned respite. The Dallas-based Quebe Sisters have steadfastly, completely free of frivolous fanfare, elevated the country and western swing genres for more than two decades. The Quebe Sisters stretched the boundaries of an old-timey style and made it newly relevant for fans of all generations.

There is still plenty of time to bask in those Quebe originals onstage. Grace, Sophia, and Hulda have dates in the books through October 2023. More dates will be announced soon. For a detailed list of concert performances, check out their website. Do these ladies wish fans would come out in droves to catch them onstage before they take a little downtime?

“Yes! We hope our fans will have a chance to come out and see us as we wrap up our touring through the end of 2023.”

Hulda Quebe

Modern, creative, and talented women that stretch the boundaries of country and western swing music become beacons. They light the path taking audiences on a trip to the past while keeping them firmly in the present and giving them a glimpse into the future.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7pm show on Thursday, June 22. Tickets cost $5-$28 for this all ages shows. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Quebe Sisters “Bye, For Now” Tour

6/15: Murfreesboro, TN @ Hop Springs
6/17: Floyd, VA @ Floyd Country Store
6/20: New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
6/22: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Caffe Lena
6/23: Portsmouth, NH @ The Music Hall Lounge
6/24: Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
6/25: Shirley, MA @ Bull Run Restaurant
7/22: Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
7/23: Dallas, TX @ Cafe Momentum
7/24: Tomball, TX @ Main Street Crossing
8/22: Berwyn, IL @ Fitzgerald’s
8/23: Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room at Colectivo
8/24 & 8/25: Minneapolis, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
8/27: Berthoud, CO @ Newell Farm Concert
9/9: Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
9/10: Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots
9/11: Nashville, TN @ City Winery
9/12: St. Louis, MO @ City Winery
10/21: Greenville, TN @ Greenville Municipal Auditorium
10/28: Mountain City, TN @ Heritage Hall Theatre

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