Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)the last of the vaudeville cowboys $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
January 04 8:00 pm

Sourdough SlimSourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from rural America in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. You’ll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful yippy-tie-yi-yaying, off-beat jokes and wisecracks, and heartfelt singing, along with nifty playing on banjo and harmonica, accordion and guitar, ukulele and saw. These two modern-day vaudevillians share a delight in America’s rich musical heritage and they know how to communicate that feeling to the audience.

The East Bay Express called Sourdough “the most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant.” The Newport News Times called him “the W.C. Fields of Western entertainment.” He was born in Hollywood and spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills, but, as he explains, “my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather on the stage.” Robert grew up in Pasadena and is a comic book artist and illustrator who helped found the Cheap Suit Serenaders with R. Crumb and Terry Zwigoff. Chico News & Review called Oh, Sweet Mama!, the recent album by Sourdough and Robert, “seductive,” “infectious,” “awesome,” and “Americana roots-reverence to the max.” For a show that’s fun and funny and full of great songs, catch Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong at the Freight.

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