Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene.
Cindy first heard the unique sliding sound of the Dobro in her hometown of Woodstock, New York where she honed her skills playing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, and many others who lived in the small but musically rich Catskill mountain town. Eight years and thousands of miles on the road with the premier western swing group Asleep At The Wheel helped her introduce the classic sounds of the non-pedal steel to enthusiastic audiences worldwide, and brought her five Grammy Awards and opportunities to work with musicians of the caliber of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and and many other landmark artists.
Cindy was also inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame (the first female to be inducted) in 2011, and the Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012. The Americana Music Association nominated her in the category of Instrumentalist Of The Year in 2016. In great demand as a teacher, Cindy has given many workshops and produced four instructional DVD’s, internationally distributed through Homespun Tapes.
Her debut CD “Slide Show” features many guest artists comprising a Who’s Who of roots music, including Sonny Landreth, Jorma Kaukonen, Marcia Ball, Redd Volkaert, Herb Remington, Mike Auldridge, Steve James, and many others.
And in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name.
By Andy Volk