Robin Macy poses with Big Tex and fellow Cherokee Maidens musicians: courtesy photo

Robin Macy poses with her fellow Cherokee Maidens musicians. Courtesy photo

Robin Macy doesn’t visit Preston Hollow often, but when she does, Uncle Calvin’s is one of the first places she stops.

The longtime musician and founding Dixie Chicks member lived in Preston Hollow for roughly 15 years, and taught at St. Mark’s School and The Hockaday School.

Although she moved out of Preston Hollow in 1997, she says it’s always an honor to return to the place that has so heavily influenced her.

“Uncle Calvin’s is really an anchor of my musical life,” she says. “I moved to Dallas at 22, and it was one of the first places I called home.”

Tonight, she returns to Uncle Calvin’s stage as part of the Cherokee Maidens, a western-swing trio known for its vintage southern vibe.

If you’re not familiar with western swing, the genre developed in the 1920s and merges big band jazz and country music. The Cherokee Maidens pride themselves on their authentic take on the classic genre, performing alongside the band Sycamore Swing.

“Two hundred to 300 years of musical wisdom will be on stage,” she says.

Macy grew up listening to old-fashioned music and remembers watching her grandmother and  great-aunts perform in a quartet.  She was amazed with their “perfect four-part harmonies,” and she’s never looked back since.

“I’ve always really sung with other women,” she says.

The Cherokee Maidens will transport audience members back to the 1940s at 8 p.m., and all the details are available here.

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