Show honors Patsy Cline’s 85th birthday


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The Carolyn Sills Combo has a knack for playing music that evokes the sounds of country and western swing from the ‘40s, ‘50s and early ‘60s while adding a fresh energy of their own. While the group usually plays originals, the occasion of Patsy Cline’s 85th birthday in early September sparked the idea of doing a series of shows featuring Cline’s music.

The Carolyn Sills Combo will bring their Patsy Cline Birthday Bash to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Sept. 8 — Cline’s 85th birthday. The show will start at 8 p.m.

Fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the Carolyn Sills Combo’s original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist (and husband) Gerard Egan. The band is a three-time Ameripolitan Award nominee for Western Swing group and female vocalist, and a two-time Academy of Western Artist Award nominee for Western Swing group and album. No Depression named their current release, “Dime Stories Vol 2,” one of the top new releases of 2016.

This Santa Cruz-based western swing outfit performs Cline’s hits and heartbreakers with true authenticity. This special event will showcase a full night of Patsy Cline’s upbeat honky-tonk and country numbers (“San Antonio Rose,” “Walking After Midnight”), classic ballads (“I Fall To Pieces,” “Crazy”) and lesser known gems, all sung and played with authenticity by Sills and her ace combo.

Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis, to Marty Robbins and Les Paul & Mary Ford. Word of their highly enjoyable live show––chock full of three-part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct brand of Americana––is spreading quickly throughout California.

Sills brings soul, sass, and a touch of swagger to her shows. This, combined with her tongue-in-check humor and the band’s crack playing, have reviewers singing her praises and audiences coming back for more.

In addition to Sills on lead vocals and Egan on guitar, the band includes top Monterey Bay players Charlie Joe Wallace (steel guitar), Jimmy Norris (drums) and Jerry Logan (bass).

Tickets for the Caroline Sills Combo’s Patsy Cline Birthday Bash are $15 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if not sold out.

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