Album: Hot Club of Cowtown, Wishful Thinking, (Proper records)

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Jovial Austin amalgam of western swing and "hot jazz", played by a trio comprising bass, guitar and the luscious scrape of Elana James' violin.

James is a something of a coming force in American roots music (she nestled for a while in the bosom of Bob Dylan), and if she can avoid taking the Krauss route, then we'll all be the better for it. What's not to like? Well, the Hot Club lack a strong voice and material to match their covers. But everything you can't have.

Pick of the album: 'If You Leave Me': diddly-dum diddly-dee-do-dah