Even though John in the Morning and Cheryl Waters poked a sharp stick and openly laughed at our love of the Jug Band (did you know that John wants to “beat” those who stomp and blow in a jug, or those who pluck a one-string broomstick bass? omg!), it’s because of YOU that we bring more Jug Band music on this edition of the Roadhouse.
Back by popular demand, we bring the irreverence, the ragtime joy and rockin’ good time that is the Jug Band. The music that demands a lack of professionalism, a porch, and folks who can make music out of anything – a washtub bass, a wash board, a kazoo, and of couse, a big wide bottle….the jug! Add a couple of guitars or a banjo, maybe even a mandolin and you’ve some entertainment. Some old-fashioned entertainment that cleary derives from when people played for kicks; with and for one another in their immediate vicinity of neighbors and friends. From when people who were poor could jam on any ol’ damn thing and make a joyful noise. Music from neccesity. ‘Cuz it beats working on that damn farm, or in mine or for the freakin’ man – at least until tommorow. Jug Band is an old-time music, and clearly, things have changed.
Last week we featured some of the old-time music from the Fonotone label (1956-1969), which has recently been re-issued by Dust-Digital. We play more of that on this week’s show, in addition to some original (or earlier) material from The Cannon Jug Stompers, Elder Bryant & His Congregation, and The Carolina Tar Heels. Add to that, some revival Jug Band and Street Band music from Lucinda Williams, Blind James Campbell, and Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band (btw, Geoff Mulduar, a member of this band will be playing the Triple Door next week.
May the Jug Band live on, and soon a revival will be immenent. I’m sure of it. Matter of fact, we should form a Roadhouse Jug Band. Who’s interested!?