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Quebe Sisters bring new take on Western swing to SF Bay Area

Growing up in the suburbs of Ft. Worth, Texas, the fiddle-playing sisters Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe didn’t have any particular plans or ambitions to form a band.
Competing in fiddle contests around the state, they practiced and played together at home and eventually started performing around town. They were still in grade school when they recorded their first CD, because “people kept asking us if we had an album once we started playing little gigs, like for the local fire department,” Sophia Quebe says. “We weren’t really thinking we’re a band. We were just going with the flow.”
The musical tides have taken the sisters a considerable distance, and they’re gaining recognition as one of the most exciting Western swing bands on the scene. Encouraged to add vocals by various colleagues (“Ricky Skaggs told us ‘You girls need to open your mouths and sing!’ Sophia says), the Dallas-based Quebe Sisters have honed a repertoire of standards and original songs.
Focusing on new material from an upcoming album that draws material from far outside the Western swing canon (“the whole idea behind the style is innovation,” Sophia Quebe says,) the five-piece combo brings the supremely entertaining sound to Yoshi’s on March 14 and Stanford’s Bing Studio on March 21.
Details: 8 p.m.  March 14; Yoshi’s, Oakland; $23-$49; 510-238-9200, 7 p.m. March 21; Bing Studio, Stanford University; $35; 650-724-2464,
Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent

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