When the Greencards were told they were going to
tour minor league baseball parks with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in 2005, they weren’t initially excited.
“When our agent told Carol (Young), they said, ‘You’re going to do the Bob and Willie tour,’ ” said Young’s band mate, Kym Warner. “And she just thought of a couple of DJs — the Bob&Willie Show. A couple of DJs from Wisconsin or something.”
But when they learned it was the two folk and country legends, the Greencards knew it was a huge break.
“Sometimes, you get a call from your agent, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, listen — you’re in line for this,’ and you think, ‘Wow, that would be great.’ ” Warner said. “And sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. But this one, thankfully, our agent never told us about. Because you don’t want to hear, ‘You might get the Bob Dylan tour’ only to find you didn’t get it.”
The Grammy-nominated Greencards will perform in Paso Robles on Sunday in what is to be the final performance in the long-running Cambria Hoot series. Hoot creator Steve See, who had promoted shows locally for more than 35 years, died of melanoma last week.
Young had two top-40 country-style hits in Australia, where Warner was an acclaimed mandolin player. Wanting to shift toward acoustic music, she and Warner moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue progressive bluegrass. Initially, they were joined by Englishman Eamon McLoughlin, who has since left the band. The Greencards, whose music combines bluegrass, Americana and folk, now live in Nashville.
We spoke to Warner about their music, baseball, and fellow Aussies Men at Work, who were recently sued by a publishing company owning the rights to a 1930s school song borrowed in their song “Down Under.”
We’ve got a song called “Chico Calling” on the last record ( “Fascination”) that Carol and Jedd Hughes wrote that’s specifically about the town Chico out there in California.
But it was the second to last night, I think, and he came up and said he enjoyed it.