Krannert started the artist in-residence feature at the 2011 Ellnora, with Luther Dickinson selected for the spot.
Festival artistic adviser David Spelman said the position has limitless possibilities, with the resident artist acting as “spokesperson and musical provocateur, with room for impromptu connections with audience members and other musicians.”
As the 2013 Ellnora artist-in-residence, Cashdollar will share her artistry in sets with Dan Zanes and Friends, Kevin Breit’s Sisters Euclid, The Lee Boys and in other events. At past Ellnora festivals she collaborated with Jorma Kaukonen, Redd Volkaert and Daniel Lanois.
Cashdollar’s versatile style makes her an artist whom everyone wants to work with, so she was a natural fit for artist in-residence, according to Spelman.
Cashdollar is considered a master of the Dobro — a brand of acoustic guitar commonly used in country music. It’s usually played on the lap and has a raised bridge and a metal resonator cone that produces a tremulous, moaning sound.
Cashdollar received five Grammy awards as a member of Asleep at the Wheel. She has recorded and toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leon Redbone, Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart. She lives in Austin, Tex.
The Austin Music Data Base gives this summary of her life and career:
“Raised in Woodstock, N.Y., Cashdollar (yes, her real name), first heard the sounds of the Dobro from bluesmen passing through the small musical enclave as well as from musicians living there in the ‘60s and ‘70, including Rick Danko and Levon Helm of the Band, whom she later played with.
“It was then she decided this instrument would be hers, as well. Session work with Rosie Flores, tenure in Hen House, the all-girl band featuring Lisa Pankratz and Sarah Brown, and celebrated stints with Don Walser and Bob Dylan consumed much of her early career.
“In addition to the Dobro, Cashdollar also took up steel guitar and lap steel. A 10-year stint with Austin’s Asleep at the Wheel, beginning in 1992 when she moved from Woodstock, sharpened her slide and earned her five Grammys as a member, but it also cleared the way for 2004’s Slide Show, her solo debut.
“Filled with a colorful cast of Texas players, it wheeled through blues, Cajun, country, bluegrass, and Western swing. More recently she’s toured with Van Morrison and Ryan Adams, showing her range and cross-generational appeal, and she regularly appears on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” in addition to continuing to trade licks live in Austin.”
The biennial Ellnora festival will take place Sept. 5, 6 and 7, with more than 20 performances. Half of them will be free. On June 11 Krannert will release the names of the other festival performers.