Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Does anything say Thanksgiving more than jug bands?   Okay, you can have your traditions and I'll keep mine.

From 1929, Here's Cannons Jug Stompers with a familiar tune:

The Memphis Jug Band recorded this one in 1934:

Not be confused with the above, here's Jack Kelly  and his South Memphis Jug Band:

And "Pig Meat Blues" from the Old Southern Jug Blowers:

Like Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition, you never know when jug bands will strike.  Case in point -- The Perch Creek Family Jug Band:

And the great Ma Rainey, back by the Tub Jug Washboard Band, singing "Deep Moaning Blues:"

Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band was preaching the gospel of "Good Gordon Gin" in 1928:

Not that many jug bands add a piano, but let's "Get the 'L' Down the Road" with Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band:

5 Cent Coffee came up with it's own blend of jug band, skiffle, and blues:

The Even Dozen Jug Band included David Grisman, Maria D'Amato (later Muldaur), Stefan Grossman, Joshua Rifkin, Steve Katz, and the occasional John Sebastian:

Maria D'Amato moved on the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, marrying member Geoff Muldaur.  Others in the band were Bill Keith, Fritz Richmond (who had figured out a way to play quonset hut while in the army), Richard Greene, and the certifiable Mel Lyman.  Kitty and I used to catch them at the late, lamented Club 47 in Cambridge; we often got seats right next to the stage, about two or three feet from Maria Muldaur and the shortest skirts in existence.  Wowza.

I can't do a jug band post without closing with this:

I hope everyone has a toe-tapping wonderful Thanksgiving.


  1. Cool. November Underappreciated Music will be gathered on Thurs the 30th, and, barring the flood, this'll be on it. (Woke up in time to find an interesting KOJAK on MeTV, a Toshiko Akiyoshi documentary on NHK World, and a slightly tipsy Sara Shahi and Tenacious D performing their attempt at jazz on a LATE LATE SHOW repeat. Where, pray tell, is this level of entertainment and enlightenment in the "primetime" hours?

  2. Maybe You'll Appreciate What We Do...;)

    We're the Bloody Jug Band from Orlando, FL.