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The Hot Sardines: 2016

The Hot Sardines with Rita Houston at FUV.

The Hot Sardines with Rita Houston (photo by Sarah Burns/WFUV)



Dualities abound in The Hot Sardines. On the new album, French Fries + Champagne, they combine original songs and standards, high culture and low, and vintage songs with a modern twist, and it's no surprise that the two founding members of the band come from very different backgrounds.

In our conversation we learn about their first meeting, their shared love of all things "hot jazz," musical theater and vintage Hollywood, and also about how Alan Cumming became involved. The full band kicked out three songs in our live session which really showcase The Hot Sardines' varied sound. All this and a tap-dancer too.

[recorded: 6/13/16]