Look out! Save the date! Bake some cookies! Drink some milk! G Burns Jug Band is coming to a town near YOU granted you live east of the Mississippi river and south of the Ohio. If you live in one of these fine communities or know folks that do, be sure to rsvp and share our Facebook event pages and help us impress those talent bookers in New Orleans, Hattiesburg MS, Paducah KY, and Louisville’s Nachbar and National Jug Band Jubilee.
G Burns Jug Band is hard at work preparing our third album of old American music to be released in 2017! We invite you to visit our fundraising page here to learn more about the project and get a sneak peak at some videos we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks. Donations starting at $10 will secure your pre-order of the new record in digital form, with larger amounts getting you physical copies and other fine gifts. You can also help by spreading the word: sharing our fundraising page with others on social media or getting your friends to our next show.
This is our second time crowd-funding a record. In 2015 fans and friends helped fund our album ‘The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe.’ All donors received a copy of that record along with other gifts. We took that record on a tour through the South, and it won a San Diego Music Award for ‘Best Local Recording.’ We took that record to performances with folk music luminaries like Jim Kweskin. We have high hopes for our next album and with your help, who knows where it’ll take us?
Thank you for supporting old American music!
Clinton, Meghann, Batya, Jonathan, and Tim
On March 11th, The G Burns Jug Band is teaming up with the Hutchins Consort for a FREE concert at Encinitas Public Library at 11am. The Consort is a truly unique group of eight exceptional string musicians playing exceptional instruments. In the 1950s and 1960s American violinmaker Carleen Hutchins designed a group of 8 violins with complementary ranges spanning the musical spectrum from low to high. The instruments are today celebrated as masterpieces of acoustical design and luthiery, and have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Hutchins’ legacy and instruments are today preserved and celebrated by the Consort, based in Encinitas. I’ve been busily arranging old ragtime, blues, and jazz works to highlight the ensemble’s stellar musicians. Repertoire will pull from rarely heard compositions of Louisville’s Dixieland Jug Blowers, Clifford Hayes, as well as other treats like a ragtime mandolin concerto, and a classical banjo piece. This will be a truly unique concert that you will not want to miss. Plus, ITS FREE!
Check them out shredding here. Theses folks know how to drag a bow.
The Jug Band recently returned from an amazing trip which took me from New Orleans to my hometown in Kentucky, and included a performance at the National Jug Band Jubilee! It was a beautiful time and I wrote about it for the band’s newsletter. Read it here and consider subscribing at the top left for future updates.
I’m flying east with the G Burns Jug Band to perform at the 12th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 17th, 2016! The Jubilee was founded and is still run by some of the folks that first introduced me to jug band music when I was a kid growing up in northern Kentucky.
The trip will be very much a personal homecoming but also a musical one for the band: Louisville bandleaders like Earl McDonald and Clifford Hayes were the first to record jug-blowing music in the 1920s. Needless to say, it is a terrific honor to be invited to play at the Jubilee in the great state of Kentucky. The headliner this year is Dom Flemons of the Grammy-winning old time group TheCarolina Chocolate Drops.
We will likely be adding shows around the Jubilee. If you know of any good venues or bands in Nashville or Birmingham, please do let us know!