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Musical group Fiddleschtix formed four years ago and is inspired by singer-songwriters

COURTESY PHOTO - Fiddleschtix will play at The Cazadero later this month.

Fiddleschtix enjoys connecting with audiences and creating memories, and they will soon do so in Estacada.

The band formed four years ago and consists of Michael Howard on vocals and guitar, Elyse Rosenberg on vocals and fiddle and Matt Kramer on drums. The group, whose performance at The Cazadero is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 18, plays both original and cover songs and enjoys music that shares something significant.

"We love singer-songwriters that can make you feel emotions, and connect you to their stories," Howard said.

The Estacada News spoke to Howard about the origins of Fiddleschtix, their musical style and memories together.

Estacada News: How did the band get its start?

Howard: An old cohort from another band said, 'Let's start a new band.' I got there and met our fiddle player Elyse. That band ran its course, and I'd become good friends with her and her husband Matt. We play music because we love to play, and we put together an acoustic trio. It was super.

EN: How would you describe your musical style?

MH: We have an absolute obsession with singer-songwriters. (We also like) Americana, folk rock and country rock.

EN: What are some of your favorite songs to play?

MH: Anything Steve Earle has ever done. He's probably my biggest influence. Elyse and I are obsessed with Laurie McKenna lately.

EN: What are the best shows you've played at?

MH: We played at the Sandy Mountain Festival last year, and that was a lot of fun. We play regularly at the Smoky Hearth (Restaurant, in Sandy) and have a special relationship with the owners. We've developed a really strong following there. It's like family now. We tend to have a really good time whenever we go there.

EN: Tell me about some of your favorite memories with the band.

MH: I cherish my relationship with Elyse and Matt. They're just wonderful people.

EN: What's the most rewarding part of being a musician?

MH: I've gotten to the point where I play because I have to. I feel empty if I go a few days and haven't played.

EN: What's the best part of playing with a band rather than as a solo act?

MH: The support. I lived in Hawaii and did a show every Friday night, but in a solo show, everyone is staring at you, and they know if you make a mistake. When you're playing with friends, they lift you up and bring the best out in you. Good friends and

good music will make you better.

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