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March 04, 2023


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David Rosenfeld

Another one for you: "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions" was an early precursor (circa 1964) of what became the Grateful Dead and featured Garcia, Weir and Pigpen. I think some tapes of their early performances were released as an album about 25 years ago.


Good suggestion, David. Here is a clip:

Ken Colyer

The jug band music of the 1920's in America enjoyed a revival in England in the 1950's and early '60's where it was known as "skiffle"

Here is a performance by Lonnie Donegan, one of the early proponents of British skiffle:


Another lively conversation about law, culture, and academia, i.e., the music of Lubet's youth in Berkeley sixty or so years ago.
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Thanks, Ken. I did a Lonnie Donegan post in 2018:

baby anon

anon +100!

Red State Kulander

Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime"


Good one, Red State.

And let's not forget, dear to my heart for obvious reasons, "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago," by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band:

This song is a good example, as I mentioned in the post, of turning the original jug band music, which was often quite serious, into good-timey, light-hearted songs, with informal instruments as the common feature.

What I hadn't known about "Eggplant" is that the songwriter and lead vocalist was Norman Greenbaum -- later best known for "Spirit in the Sky" -- and it was published by Borsht Music.

Howard Wasserman

Most important:


Acc to various sources, “The Even Dozen Jug Band was founded in 1963 by Stefan Grossman (solo country blues and ragtime guitarist) and Peter Siegel (roots-based guitarist and producer) in New York City. Other members were David Grisman (noted mandolinist), Steve Katz (later with Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears), Maria D'Amato, Joshua Rifkin (arranger of Scott Joplin ragtime compositions,), and John Sebastian (later with the Lovin' Spoonful).
They only recorded one album in 1963. D’Amato then joined the Kweskin band (with Fritz Richmond (jug & washtub bass), Geoff Muldaur (guitar), Bob Siggins (neuroscientist and founding member of the Charles River Valley Boys, The Mother Bay State Entertainers and Kweskin’s Jug Band), the unique(ha) Mel Lyman (harmonica) and the mysterious Bruno Wolfe (?David Simon?). Try and listen to The Lyman Family with the Muldaurs as guests: "People Get Ready (There's A Train That's Coming"


A Mighty Wind.

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