Cathy Faber loves to sing and play Western Swing and Retro Country Music that folks can listen & dance to.
A Seattle Washington native, she was the founding member of the cowgirl supergroup, “Ranch Romance”, and also fronted a six-piece bluegrass band called “New Tradition”. In 1989 Cathy was happy to land the job as female vocalist in Portland Oregon’s Bob Wills style 13-piece Western Swing Big Band, “Ranch Dressing”. After that band dissolved, Cathy stopped performing for over ten years. It wasn’t until after she and her husband moved to New Mexico that she got involved in music again. Inspired after a week at Johnny Gimble’s Swing (music) Camp in Taos, NM, Cathy studied and purchased an upright bass, and soon found herself in demand as a vocalist and bass player in the Country and Western Swing Bands in the area. In 2005, Bill Hearne brought her on as part of the “Bill Hearne Trio”, and “Bill Hearne’s Roadhouse Revue”, where she played steadily, touring Roadhouses and Festivals in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico through December 2008. The experience with Bill, playing three to five nights a week for over three years, gave Cathy a true appreciation for classic Country music, and for the people who love to dance to it. In 2010, she formed “Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band”.
They punch out great versions of Western Swing, Retro Country, and Blues/Folk/Rock covers that were never over-played on the top 10 radio stations. Cathy’s smooth vocals, taste in music, and the whole band’s contagious sense of fun set them apart as one of Northern New Mexico’s most enjoyable dance bands.
See photos from Cathy’s past bands.
Dave Devlin plays lap steel, pedal steel, telecaster and resophonic guitar with the band. Dave hails from the great state of New York, where he says as a kid, he learned to play guitar from his uncle when he crashed on the family couch for awhile. Dave has played and recorded (still does) with many of the finer bluegrass bands in New Mexico since he moved here over 20 years ago. Dave recently retired from his job as a scientist at the Labs in Los Alamos, leaving him lots of time to work up new riffs on his pedal steel guitar and telecaster. He also plays mandolin, lap steel guitar, banjo, and resonator guitars. The dancers will tell you he is exciting to watch, listen, and dance to. Cathy will tell you he is very fun to be in a band with, and is a nice addition to our sound.
Laura Leach plays upright bass and sings harmony vocals with the band. She joined us in the Fall of 2014. A native New Mexican, Laura has played music from a very young age; beginning with violin and then guitar. She played rhythm guitar in an all-girl band in Albuquerque after high school, and transitioned to upright bass after falling in love with bluegrass music a few years ago. When she’s not playing music, she works as a pharmacist with Express Scripts in Albuquerque.
Troy Rachau plays drums with the band. He joined us in July, 2014. In addition to being a great Country drummer, Troy works as a “sound man” for various concerts and performances in New Mexico.