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Elana James

The hot act of the Great Lakes Folk Festival this year might be Elana James who, along with guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Beau Sample, performs a very high-energy Texas Swing brand of music. James and Smith formerly were two-thirds of the Hot Club of Cowtown. The interplay between these three splendid musicians (including James' fiddle) is incredible. A must-see act if the opportunity ever arrives (two more performances on Saturday and one on Sunday at the free festival in East Lansing). I read an article that her mother lives in Ann Arbor, so maybe... just maybe... there'll be support for getting her booked at the Ark.