Recap of the Quebe Sisters at the Library of Congress and Kennedy Center
A special thank you to the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center for hosting these talented musicians. You can find an article on the LoC website written by our very own Charlie Lockwood here! Additionally, you can find some footage of the festivities here.
HOMEGROWN CONCERTSFROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, CO-SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER
The Quebe Sisters Band is composed of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee), who all sing and play the fiddle, and the Clark twins, Penny Lea (guitar and mandolin) and Katy Lou (banjo, piano, and accordion). They perform a refreshing blend of Texas-style fiddling, vintage country, bluegrass, and jazz & swing standards. The Quebes’ unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They have been awarded the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. They have appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs Show on WSM, The Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree (as host band), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, multiple European tours and the National Folk Festival. They have appeared in concert with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart. They have also had the honor of performing for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
In 1998 the Quebes heard Texas-style fiddling for the first time at a fiddle contest in Denton, Texas. At ages seven, ten and twelve they started taking fiddle lessons from Joey and Sherry McKenzie. Soon afterwards, the girls began competing in fiddle contests and won regional, state and national championships. Since then the Quebes' repertoire has grown to include a wide variety of styles. It was only natural to add three-part harmony vocals, and in January 2005 they debuted their singing at the National Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering in Elko, Nevada. A short list of bands and musicians that influence and inspire the Quebes include Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Quintet of the Hot Club of France, the Mills Brothers, the Sons of the Pioneers, Andy Parker and the Plainsmen, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, the Boswell Sisters, the Andrews Sisters, the McGuire Sisters, the Beatles, and Hot Rize.