Winter Chill Series ft. April B. & The Cool + Cowboy Judy

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Winter Chill Series ft. April B. & The Cool + Cowboy Judy

April B. & The Cool is a soulful concoction of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. The hard-hitting, line-up of The Cool is​ fronted by multi-instrumentalist April Bennett of Asheville, North Carolina and often features members of the​ area's coolest bands including Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, LOZ, and The Marcus King Band. You can expect​ some of the most shining, silk-smooth, soul-stirring vocals you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing, paired with​ very hip and very dynamic musical arrangements. Cowboy Judy, formerly Sweet Claudette, is made up of members of some of the Southeast's favorite bands. Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters, Dulci Ellenberger of Now You See Them and Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You are joined in this WNC supergroup by Amber Lyle Sims. The seeds of Sweet Claudette were planted at a women's songwriter showcase in the fall of 2009. The four women had so much fun working up tunes for the show, they decided to form a band so they could keep singing and playing together.

Sweet Claudette's captivating sound is powered by 4- and 6-part harmonies, Motown-inspired backup vocals, and an unusual combo of acoustic instruments: cello, banjo, melodica and guitar. Multicolored kazoos sometimes make a brief appearance as well.

With the addition of hard-hitting rhythm section The Claudes (regional favorites Sav Sankaran on bass and Ryan Lassiter on drums), Sweet Claudette has built an even more fun, danceable and inspired retro sound. The November 2013 release of their long-anticipated EP For the Birds has won Sweet Claudette and the Claudes widespread recognition as a new band to watch in the Southeast.

The buzz about the band centers on their live shows. Every performance is a collaborative, energetic and hugely entertaining event. Band members pass the instruments around and switch leads, cracking up the crowd and one another.

Gorgeous harmonies, outstanding musicianship and world-class songwriting are the qualities that set Sweet Claudette apart from the crowd. What's more, they are very proud to be the only Country/Motown band they've ever heard of. With humor, warmth and consummate musicality, the ladies of Sweet Claudette hope to continue charming the pants off of audiences for many years to come. Join the Asheville Area Arts Council and 103.3 Asheville FM in celebrating music and community with the Winter Chill Local Music Series! This three part series will highlight the music being created right in our own backyard while also featuring venues so important to our creative economy.