The Gutbucket Jug Band | Raunchy, Paunchy, Rootless and Blue

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Raunchy, Paunchy, Rootless and Blue

by The Gutbucket Jug Band

Jazz Vocal, Jazz Ragtime, Folk Blues, Folk Jug Band
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of Nowhere
5:27 album only
2. The Mooche
4:30 album only
3. Easy Living
5:12 album only
4. Fly Like a Bird
5:15 album only
5. It Had to be You
4:06 album only
6. The Weasel
4:56 album only
7. Fishing Blues
6:30 album only
8. Maple Leaf Rag
3:49 album only
9. She Done Sold It Out
4:15 album only
10. Petite Fleur
5:05 album only
11. Brazil
4:56 album only
12. My Baby Rocks Me
6:12 album only
13. Memphis Blues
5:12 album only


Album Notes
The origins of the use of the jug as a musical instrument have been traced by musicologists to the West Coast of Africa, where hollow gourds are still blown like jugs to accompany other indigenous instruments, including banjo-like instruments that also use gourds as resonators. Jug band music came into vogue in the U.S.A. during the late nineteenth century. By the time its popularity peaked in the mid 1920s, two distinct styles had developed – a “rural” style built on rural blues and folk music and an “urban” style derived from ragtime, early jazz and vaudeville. The latter was quite eclectic, frequently borrowing from other sources. The popularity of jug band music waned during the depression, but revived in the early 1960s due to growing interest in American folk music in general and the efforts of Californian, Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band in particular, catalysing the formation of other revivalist jug bands in the U.K., Europe, Australasia and even Japan.

The original Gutbucket Jug Band, formed in the mid 1960s, was one of these. The current Gutbucket Jug Band has been together for the past decade and includes four of the founder members. We continue the tradition of the early jug bands by “borrowing” from diverse sources and enjoy the challenge of playing a variety of music in the jug band idiom. We hope that you’ll enjoy this selection from our repertoire, which includes an original vaudeville-style song – “The Weasel” – written by our juggist extraordinaire Tony Dunn and brought to life here in early urban jug band style.



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Carl M. Nielsen

A Heart Full Of Great Tunes
This is a smash! Here's a fantastic album with jugband music in a distinctive style of trad. jazz/delta blues-fusion played by great musicians, with a sensitive aproach. All the good old beloved tunes like "Out Of Nowhere", "Easy Living" and "PetiteFleur" played with a feeling and strong melodic sense. Puts a brand new dimension to "Maple Leaf Rag" and "Brazil", is hard cooking on "It Had To Be You" and "The Weasel", kind of funny in a very catchy way on "Fishing Blues", goes straight to the heart on "My Baby Rocks Me". Everything done in a unique manner with a collourfull sound. Lyrical clarinet lines meets bluesharp over a steady driving rhythm of organic swinging guitars and banjos. On the top you'll find a remarkeble lead singer sounding something between Frankie Laine and Jack Teegarden. It's moving, it's touching - and makes a very apropriate background when you're dreaming of your secret love.