Soda Rock Ramblers

Our CD-Cafe Curioso

Cafe Curioso, offers a tasty menu of curiously catchy and delightfully diverse original music. Composed in a rich variety of musical styles, the tunes have the pleasing familiarity of several well-loved genres while at the same time offering surprising melodic and harmonic twists. Although new compositions, the waltzes, polkas, reels, hoedowns, and marches evoke the traditional music of Mexican, Italian, Cajun, Gypsy, Old-Time, and Contra Dance traditions.

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The Soda Rock Ramblers are an eclectic stringband with members from Colorado, New Mexico and Seattle. They take their inspiration from Southwestern musical sources like Mexican border music and Cajun/Creole dance tunes, but most of the music on this CD is newly composed. The Soda Rock Ramblers especially like Southwestern dance traditions and there are a number of gorgeous new waltzes and polkas to enjoy. Some of the best music on the album is anchored by the twin mandolin harmonies of Larry Edelman, a much‐loved contra dance caller, and Scott Mathis, of New Mexico’s folk Cajun band Bayou Seco. Joining the Ramblers from our own Emerald City on fiddle, accordion and bass is David Cahn, a respected Northwest dance musician. David brings along his love of French‐Canadian and old‐time music. Rounding out the group is Linda Askew’s rock‐solid guitar work, built on the foundations of her time spent accompanying old‐time, Cajun and Gu‐Achi fiddle music. The Soda Rock Ramblers have brought us a diverse collection of gentle waltzes and bouncy polkas, tied together with sweet instrumental harmonies, and perfect for a Northwestern contra dance or a Southwestern dancehall. Of special note in this recording is the influence of Gu‐Achi fiddling, a long‐time interest of Linda and Scott. This fiddle tradition of Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Native American tribe is a true delight to listen to. The tunes mix a blend of Old World polkas and mazurkas with New World influences like Tex‐Mex accordion and Cajun fiddling. It’s a unique and beautiful musical tradition. [Devon Leger, Victory Review Acoustic Music Magazine]

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