Roadhouse Jug Band!? Who’s interested?

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The Memphis Jug Band
Photo Courtesy of Discographie

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!?

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  1. Topher
    Posted June 5, 2006 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I am. About a year ago I acquired an old wash tub from my great aunt. It is a classic, not one of those new shiny ones, but old and gritty. I want to put it to use. Seriously, the Seattle Jug band scene is about to explode and the KEXP Jug Bang WILL light the fuse.

  2. Annie
    Posted June 6, 2006 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Greg – how about a jug band podcast???
    I’d be on board for the jug band but I think I live too far away. That and the fact that I have no musical talent whatsoever. I hear that’s the next big wave here in New York City. I see kids on the street corners with jugs and washtubs.

  3. Posted June 7, 2006 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I am down for the jug band. Say the word, and I’ll pick up my very own jaw harp! I hope you’re serious about this.

  4. Janet
    Posted June 7, 2006 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Vandy~ Loved hearing the Fonotone stuff. So much that I ordered the box set for my boyfriend Steven (you used to work together in Belltown). His bday was yesterday 6/6/6 and he LOVED it!!!! And the box set was a beautiful presentation- with the postcards, book and bottle opener in their own Fonotone cigar box. Everybody go check out the Dust to Digital website, great stuff:
    [Also been meaning to tell you what a wonderful Mardi Gras we had this year at the big Sunset Tavern shin-dig. Some of the best Cajun music I’ve ever heard, infectious (in a good way!).]
    Keep up the good work. The Roadhouse is my fave show.

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