Philadelphia Jug Band
What common thread can keep a professor of psychiatry in Ohio, a professor of business administration in Pennsylvania, a museum director in New Jersey, and a systems programmer in North Carolina together for almost 40 years? It's jug band music. The Philadelphia Jug Band plays the original 'alternative music' and has been a favorite at the yearly Philadelphia Folk Festival since the mid-60's. The music says it all, here is a recap of the CD: --------------- 1.Washington at Valley Forge - Written in 1926 by Alger/Yellen. We only do one verse of the original, it's a PJB core song. Good tune to crank up the crowd, works best East of the Mississippi. 2.Wild About My Lovin' - Earliest recordings by Lonnie Coleman (Atlanta) and Jim Jackson (Memphis). Sing it like you been there, Mouse. 3.Mobile Line - Also known as France Blues, Papa Harvey Hull and Long Cleve Reed recorded a version back in 1927. Mouse says he likes this one 'cause all the women wonder what Veg is doing with his lips.... 4.Beedle um Bum - A bawdy song, from a 1928 recording by Tampa Red/Thomas Dorsey as the Hokum Boys, later the Harlem Dudes. Sung by ladies in the red light districts to their 'boys'. We like to sing it to the ladies in the crowd. 5.Memphis - A hit for Mr. Charles Berry, as Memphis, Tennessee. It's a R&R gem, not too bad jug band style either. Dedicated to all '57 Chevys that ever had their radio on and the windows down. We have all been there. 6.Down Home - Leiber/Butler wrote this one, it was a hit for the Rolling Stones in 1964. Selected for it's guitar lines, and R&B flavor. Some jug band groupies are pretty 'down home'. 7.Boodle am Shake - Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams put this tune together in 1926. Recorded by the Dixieland Jug Blowers that year. A good chance for instrumental work, around the chorus of the original. Let's jam.... 8.Jug Band Music - From the Memphis Jug Band, 1934 or so. You cannot claim to be a jug band if you do not play this one... 'if you can't play the jug you can't play with me!' 9.William Morgan - By Higgs/Butler about 1906. Earliest recording, Buster Carter and Preston Young 1931, as 'Bill Morgan and his Gal'. Refers,of course, to John Pierpont Morgan, of banking, railroad, oil, steel, and all things financial. A field unfamiliar to any jugband. 10.Hesitation Blues - Could be W.C.Handy wrote this one, about 1915. Recorded by lots of folks, this version tends toward the more upbeat, think Charlie Poole, versions. Song with legs, made it's way to heavy metal recently. 11.Garbage Man - Likely written by Paul Barbarin (jazz drummer) recorded by all kinds of folks. This is Bob's version, the jugs are just along for the ride. One take and done. 12.Coney Island Washboard - Seems the Five Harmaniacs were responsible for this tune. You may hear barbershop quartets rip into this one, as well as flashy washboard players. A good time to pass the hat. 13.Overseas Stomp - Another Memphis Jug Band tune, might have been called Lindberg Hop. Recorded by a gaggle of folks, Eric von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, and more. Can be done with a customized stovepipe to augment the jug. 14.Rich Gal - Sometimes called My Gal or Be There in the Morning. Various members of the old Kweskin band claim credit for this one. We just like the tune. 15.Amelia Earhardt - Stansy Music published this in 1939. 'Red River' Dave McEnery, cowboy radio star, may have had a hand in writting it. One verse is omitted from this version. It's a great 'everybody sing' about 3am or so. As close as we get to gospel. Feel free to join in. ------------ The PLAYERS: Jim Klingler, Guitar, vocals, jug Frank Zemlan, Guitar and vocals Steve, 'Mouse' Miller, Washboard (and accessories), vocals, kazoo Dave 'Veg' Gauck, Washtub bass, jug, vocal Bob Beach, Mouth harp (harmonica) and vocals 'Mandolin' Steve Bornstein, Mandolin, tenor slide guitar Sam Adams, Mandolin, vocals.