Sourdough Slim

Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys

From our Purveyor of Music:
Sourdough Slim was our guest on "Around the Barn," KHTS 1220 AM

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6/4/2011  {>} Click here for the Podcast!

Totally retro. Hilariously entertaining. Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. From the moment this accordion squeezin' Will Rogers swaggers on stage, it's apparent to everyone that they're in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.

Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well traveled veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center's Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show combines cowboy singing, award winning yodeling and comedy, accompaniment on accordion, guitar, ukulele and harmonica and a keen knowledge of the traditional Western repertoire. His truly astounding yippie-ti-yi style won him the 2001 Will Rogers Award for Yodeler of the Year.

As Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold puts it, "There's no one else out there like Sourdough Slim. An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun." The Allentown Morning Call proclaims him to be a "One-man Western extravaganza!" The East Bay Express calls him "The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant!" And Via Magazine heralds him "Entertainer extraordinaire!"

Born in Hollywood, California, Rick Crowder spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills. But as he explains, "my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather, on the stage." A childhood cut-up, he developed his comic character, honed his musical and yodeling skills and garnered the nick name "Slim" while performing in several traveling western bands in the 1970's and 80's. Sourdough Slim emerged in 1988 when he came up with the idea to meld his experiences into a solo act based on a comical accordion playing yodeling cowhand. He has never looked back.

His seasoned gift for connecting with audiences from the Autry Museum to The Kennedy Center is a true testament to the irrepressible talent and dedication of this unique entertainer.

                                    Purveyor Bobbi Jean with Sourdough Slim
                                       Western Music Association Concert
                                         Autry National Center, June 5, 2011

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