Pre- WWII old time Blues The Steel City Jug Slammers
In the tradition of the Memphis Jug Bands in the late 20s and early 30s these guys bring us music about life, women, and booze performed most of the time on a washtub bass, jug, banjo, guitar and kazoo. The Steel City Jug Slammers are a modern jug band performing pre- WWII old time blues since 2012.
Sounds of the 78 RPM era back to life
On their website you’ll read that: “The band was started by Nicholas “Ramblin’ Ricky Tate” Bate with Jerrod Atkins & friends in 2012. The band consists of Ramblin’ Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, & Maxwell Honeycup. Since forming the band has become known for their jug band antics. Performing a catalog of classics and originals, the Steel City Jug Slammers brings the sounds of the 78 RPM era to life.”
Songs of American Roots band Carolina Chocolate Drops
Like their band name suggests the Carolina Chocolate Drops hail from North Carolina where they bring us roots music. Their songs are like a a cocktail in a mix of Blues, Jug band, String band, bluegrass and country. This Grammy award winning band is worth listening for many reason.
Discography and Hall Of Fame
Since 2005 the Carolina Chocolate Drops released several albums including: Heritage (2005), Dona Got A Ramblin’ Mind (2006), Genuine Negro Jig (2010), Luminescent Orchestrii (2011) and Leaving Eden (2012). This march (2016) the Carolina Chocolate Drops announced they will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame!
Well what can you expect from such a high rising band. On the band website you’ll read that the Chocolate Dropas are “Armed with banjos, fiddles, guitars, jugs, kazoos, spoons and various other percussive “instruments,”. They also like to cover some classic roots songs, and my favorite is Hank Williams‘ “Please Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”.