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When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multipart close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It is partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. And whether the Quebes are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in skirts, heels, and makeup, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their twenties, look as good as they sound.
Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It has been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as preteens. The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, Hulda, Sophia, and Grace were aged seven, ten, and twelve in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do.
The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution from the Western swing whiz-kid fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they have shared stages with American music legends such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky, and many others.
Today, after more than a decade of traveling around the United States and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills, and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.
Hearing the Quebe Sisters sing is nothing short of mesmerizing. . . . Imagine the angelic Andrew Sisters (of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” fame) singing in top form—and then ripping into a nimble fiddle breakdown.
The Quebe Sisters simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today’s music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence and, man, can they play.