Sourdough Slim, left, and Robert Armstrong invite concertgoers to step back in time to pre-World War II America when they perform in concert Saturday evening at the Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Tickets are $20 each. Courtesy photo


Sourdough Slim, Armstrong join up for American-roots music concert

By From page A9 | January 10, 2012

A marvel of musical ingenuity, showman Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, western classics, vintage jazz and string band repertoire of pre-World War II America. They’ll perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland.

Longtime fans will remember them as founding members of two of California’s favorite acoustic combos, 8th Avenue String Band and R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders. Between them, they share a provocative array of period instruments, including flat-top guitar, national steel guitar, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well-traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The Strawberry Music Festival, The National Cowboy Gathering and “A Prairie Home Companion,” these modern-day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun-loving music fans of all walks of life.

Returning to the Woodland Opera House stage, Sourdough Slim provides a generous helping of the truly astounding yippie-ti-yay style that won him the 2001 Will Rogers Award for Yodeler of the Year.

Joined in this concert by Armstrong, they share a passion and enthusiasm for this great American-roots music with colorful original and traditional tunes.

“Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage,” a news release said.

Tickets are $20 each and maybe purchased at www.woodlandoperahouse.org or at the box office at (530) 666-9617.

Enterprise staff

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