Christy and the Plowboys play old-time, country, bluegrass and hillbilly music for your enjoyment here in our home town of Austin, Texas - and wherever music lovers enjoy old sentimental songs, new sentimental songs, snappy rags, crooked breakdowns, or hard-driving, claw-hammered dance-tunes. From back in the days when the Armadillo World Headquarters used to feature the likes of Mance Lipcomb, Count Basie, the Lost Austin Band, or Les Clamtones, this is just what you never dreamed you were waiting for. Christy and the Plowboys bring you back to those thrilling days of the not too distant future when the old tunes you never heard sound even fresher than the ones that haven’t been written yet. Just wait and see…
Christy Palumbo Foster, vocals, finger-style guitar and banjulele (banjo-ukulele)
Originally from St. Louis, MO, long time Austin guitarist/vocalist has been performing since participating in an open mic at an Austin Friends of Traditional Music meeting at the Split Rail, in 1976.. Vocal influences range from 1920s jazz stylings, to hot swing of Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, and full circle back to the old songs of Appalachia and early country and bluegrass. She also is pleased and honored to include the original songs of local songwriters, John Clay and Dan Foster in the Plowboys repertoire. Christy has performed Dixieland, big band and in her own jazz quintet (Jazz Me Blues in the late70s), and in an all women old-time band (The Decibelles, 1990s). Christy Palumbo Foster and Dan Foster appear on Rounder Records compilation, the American Fogies, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (CD, 1996). Christy also performs regularly with the Austin Balkan Singers and the Austin Banjo Club.
Dan Foster, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals
Dan has been around the Austin music scene since the mid-70s. A native Texan with roots in North Carolina, he has been fascinated with traditional music since the age of 14 when he first saw the great Texas bluesman, Mance Lipscomb. Playing the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar, Dan is known for seeking out the unique and unusual from the hidden treasury of American music and delivering both instrumental and vocal renditions true to style. From the Kentucky long-bow of Buddy Thomas and J.P. Fraley to the rollicking Georgia fiddle tunes of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Dan’s love of southern fiddling is genuine. But novelty rags on the mandolin and new-made songs for claw-hammer banjo are also in store, along with sentimental southern harmonies when he joins Christy to sing their favorites from long ago. You should come and listen while they sing old songs new to the ear and new songs old beyond their years.
Jerry Hagins, banjo and fiddle
Jerry was inspired to pick up the 5-string after hearing Dueling Banjos on the radio in high school. While struggling with bluegrass-style picking he chanced across a Camp Creek Boys record and got hooked on the eccentric tones of clawhammer banjo. Jerry gives banjo lessons and plays the dance and coffeehouse circuit in Austin, TX with various combos including the Big Ernie Barn Dance Band, the Rising Gorge Boys, Old Waterloo, and the Steelhead Stringband, among others. He has performed and recorded with Ken Waldman (Alaska's fiddling poet), the Pistol Love Family Band, and Bucholics Anonymous, and has provided music for stage productions of Dark of the Moon (2001), Last Train to Nibroc (2003), and Lie of the Mind (2011).