Jug Band Slam with Jim Kweskin, The Steel City Jug Slammers and more!

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Jug Band Slam with Jim Kweskin, The Steel City Jug Slammers and more comes to the Colony in Woodstock NY

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Jim Kweskin is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead; a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a New York jug band that became the Lovin’ Spoonful.

But no other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing.

These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded many solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, with band-mate Geoff Muldaur, with Samoa Wilson, with The Texas Sheiks as well as performing and recording with a wide variety of well-known musicians such as Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum, Meredith Axelrod, Juli Crockett and Samoa Wilson to name a few.

Jim Kweskin's shows radiate of charm, humor, sophistication, as well as talent. Jim sings a collection of familiar songs by Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, the Sons of the Pioneers, Fats Waller and Somethin' Smith & the Redheads. There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's versions that makes his performances a charming delight.

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Steel City Jug Slammers are Ramblin' Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, G.W. Henderson, & Anthony Sutton.

Birmingham’s Steel City Jug Slammers provide audiences with a one of kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time. From their appearance, to their instruments, to the old southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century-old traveling music show fresh off the train, and will keep your attention captive from the first time you hear the blow of the jug and pluck of the tub bass. -Magiccitybands.com

It may be a lost art, or a piece of music history that has been forgoDen over decades of technological advancement in the music industry, but the old fashioned jug band is sLll alive and well in Birmingham - at least with one particular group of local musicians. The Steel City Jug Slammers made a name for themselves locally about four years ago, hitting the lively Birmingham music scene with a splash, but now, with a new album, extensive touring and the band's recent induction into the Jug Band Hall of Fame, the local band is making a national name for themselves.

The Steel City Jug Slammers are Ramblin' Ricky Tate (Mandolin/ Banjitar), Washtub Jay (Bass, kazoo, piano), G.W. Henderson (Guitar/ Fiddle), and Anthony SuDon (Banjo/ Harmonica, Pedal Steel). The band has toured the United States and Canada over the last two years and been able to delight audiences with original music from an era mostly forgoDen in today's music scene. -Patch.com

Ricky Tate is a self taught musician from Alabama, with his first instrument being drums at a very early age. Growing up playing punk, rock and metal music, he eventually found his way in a rambling folk punk band playing a peanut can. Shortly aYer, he moved to washboard, but was unable to lead songs and busk if other members weren’t willing to play on a given day. Eventually, Ricky learned guitar and other stringed instruments and co- founded the Steel City Jug Slammers.

Washtub Jay grew up singing with Ricky and playing guitar in various rock bands. It wasn’t until the Slammers had just formed that Jay was over at Ricks just hanging while him and another founding member of the Slammers were having band practice. Jay was asked if he’d like to try out the washtub bass. He’d never played one, but took to it naturally with his gifted ear and has played it ever since. Since then, Jay has learned to play the piano, kazoo, banjo, and whatever else he puts his hands on and wants to play.

GW Henderson started early playing guitar with various bands around Birmingham. He also has a passion for cooking and works in a few kitchens when not on tour with the band. He joined the Slammers around the summer of 2018 and had been going hard ever since. He also, has picked up playing fiddle and looks to play the clarinet as well.

Anthony SuDon, originally from FT Wayne, IN, was raised on strictly folk music. You can hear it in his singing style and the way he plucks that banjo. He came to Birmingham, several years back and played a few shows with the Slammers. It wasn’t unLl the fall of 2018 that he formally joined the rag tag Jug Band. In addition to the banjo, Sutton plays blues harp, guitar and pedal steel.

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