When it comes to playing music they love — The Quebe Sisters aren’t fiddlin’ around.
The trio, which grew up in Burleson (a suburb outside Fort Worth), featuring Grace, Sophia and Hulda, will bring their lifelong love of Texas style and Western swing fiddle tunes for a special Valentine’s Day performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bayou Theater on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.
The triple-threat fiddle champions, who also blow audiences away with their multipart harmonies on the stage, started playing the fiddle in the late 1990s, said Grace Quebe.
“We heard fiddling at a contest near where we lived and thought it looked fun, so we found some teachers and started taking lessons,” said Grace. “From there, it grew from competing in contests to working up arrangements together and then playing gigs.”
Playing acoustically — no electrified instruments here — The Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) can generally be seen on stages decked out in denims and boots, or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels at most shows.
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.
“We did take private lessons (fiddle) growing up, but as we got older we were more self-taught,” said Grace. “We also took vocal lessons and have continued to work with a vocal coach on and off. The voice is a fascinating instrument and we all agree that taking vocal lessons is extremely helpful.”
The group, which has evolved from whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers to the young adult Americana band they are today, are independent artists that have performed in venues such as the Alamo Dome opening for George Strait, to smaller ones where only about 40 people could fit in it, said Hulda Quebe.
“That’s one of the beauties of our job; is that every night is so unique and there’s always something new to look forward to,” said Hulda Quebe. “With the current culture of today’s music industry, it allows artists like us to have a lot of flexibility in how we want to steer our future.”
Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, 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 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.
“All our favorite artists were and are innovators,” said Hulda Quebe. “They each pushed themselves to create and move their genre forward and that’s the path we want to take and be known for with our albums and live shows.”
Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students in advance, or $20 and $12, respectively, at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.uhcl.edu/bayou-theater or call 281-283-2065.
For more information on the girls, visit www.quebesisters.com.