Triple-threat fiddle champions and vocalists the Quebe Sisters will present Western swing and country music at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Oakley High School auditorium. Admission is by Western Plains Arts Association season ticket or gate admission of $20 adults and $10 students.
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and Hulda, Grace and Sophia start playing and singing in close harmony, audiences are transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.
And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denim and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines, the sisters all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.
The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, the three were ages 7, 10 and 12 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 from 1999 to 2002.
The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the young Americana band they are today is a remarkable story. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared states with music legends such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Sturart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.
Today, after more than a decade of traveling the U.S. and the world, and recording three albums, the sisters 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 hard work, have taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations. On Thursday, they are appearing on the Grand Ole Opry for Opry Classics at the Ryman Theatre. They begin a brief Kansas tour a week later.
“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”
WPAA’s 2017-2018 season of more than 16 programs is made possible through special funding from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, and businesses and individual sponsors throughout northwest Kansas. Season tickets still are on sale for $50 for adults and $15 students.
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