Texas Guitar Women

One-2-One Bar / Austin, TX

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Photos by Donna Marie Miller

 

It felt like a hen party with chick pickers at Austin’s One-2-One Bar as friends of five-time Grammy award winning steel guitar player Cindy Cashdollar sent her off in style to her hometown of Woodstock, NY. For one night, grand dames Marcia Ball and Rosie Flores joined the Texas Guitar Women sisterhood, which normally includes Cashdollar, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Sarah Brown and Lisa Pankratz. Fans crowded the length of the bar’s platform stage inside the strip shopping center, leaving little wing room to hear the girls’ stories, songs and tequila toasts.

Flores, eternally youthful with a shock of black hair, stole the show with her playful romp, “Run Chicken Run.” Ball rocked the house as she wailed out her repertoire of original songs and played keyboards with a Jerry Lee Lewis-like frenzy. Guitar goddess Wonderland sang a series of Janis Joplin-like bluesy rock ballads while fanning her flaming, long auburn-red hair. King grooved out on the title track from her record Building a Fire, released last August on Lemonade Records. Brown also delighted fans with a vocal performance reminiscent of her 1996 solo release, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, as she completed the rhythm section with Pankratz on drums.

– Donna Marie Miller

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