Rising up from deep musical roots in America’s heartland, The Cherokee Maidens, along with their star-studded band, Sycamore Swing, pay homage to the past.
Think Bob Wills meets the Andrews Sisters.
The melodic braid of these three maidens is time-tested. Robin Macy has sung up and down the I-35 corridor for decades. Together with red dirt girl Monica Taylor and Kentucky bluegrass virtuoso Lauren “Sis” White, these women create distinctive three-part harmonies that weave their way into your heart.
One was a Dixie Chick. Two have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Two have sung at the Grand Ole Opry. And all three share Native American heritage – hence their name, inspired by Cindy Walker’s 1941 country hit.
Backed by a troupe of crackerjack musicians, led by Kentucky White, their guitar-slinger who produced their three recordings, and Shelby Eicher (with Roy Clark for 20 years) Sycamore Swing keeps the classic genre authentic – featuring the best of the fabled Tulsa Playboys.
Their new release, My Dixie Darling, launches Memorial Day Weekend, with four different concerts. Many of the dozen songs are characteristically from another era but this third time around, it’s all about bloodlines. Kentucky’s sister, Sis White is featured prominently on vocals. The prodigious Eichers (fiddling father, Shelby, with sons Nathan and Isaac on bass and mandolin) lend family-styled string arrangements on every track. And as a bonus, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson croons a tune.