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Jug Band History

In case you haven't noticed I'm embarking on a detailed history of Jug Band Music. The Earliest recorded Jug Bands opened it on 9/18. Nothing past 1928 on that show. Today was a look at the music that made Jug Band. Minstrel, songsters, ragtime, jazz, pre-blues, medicine show. I played cylinders from 1893 and touched on some firsts. The next show will be the late 20's and 30's - the hey day of early jug band music. I might stop and take a closer look at the development of the Louisville Jug Bands and the Memphis Jug Bands. Then we'll take a look at "whatever happened to" Will Shade, Gus Cannon, Memphis Minnie, Joe and Charlie McCoy, Tampa Red, Frankie Jaxson, Yank Rachell and Sleepy John Estes, and who knows who else. Then we'll move on to the 50's, the 60's, the 70's etc., etc. Let's see how it develops.

If there's something you want me to play or explore in more detail just let me know.

Way to go!

The whole "whatever happened to" opens a whole can of worms (but a very pleasant can)... Hattie Hart, Memphis Minnie, Frankie Jaxon - even Georgia Tom who went on to play Gospel Music, which rather ironic when you listen to the overtly single-entendre music that he played with Frankie Jaxon in the Hokum Jug Band

And I suppose that whole Hokum sub-genre is worthy of a side-issue, although you may need to put a "PG" rating on the show ;-)

As I see it, the earlier Jug Music genre comprised a broad range of musics - not just the funny voices and swannee whistles that people tend to associate it with in more recent times. Look at "Whitewash Station" and its tongue-in-check comment about racial inequality or "She done sold it out" featuring corrupt judiciary in the last verse... and so it goes

Great show but...

It's difficult to hear Wayne Hagen's announcements as he sounds stoned most of the time, laughing at his own jokes. Is it possible for a playlist to be published for each show so you now what you've been listening to

Great show but...

I'm glad you like the show and the variety that is Jug Band Music. I can assure you that I have never done the show stoned. I love Jug Band Music and really enjoy doing the show. The music is fun and I try to have fun with it.

I have struggled with the balance of talk to music over the years. Not everybody who listens to the show knows very much about Jug Band Music so one of my goals has always been to educate and inform. So I know that sometimes I get a bit pedantic, especially if I'm doing a show with a theme, and other times I act like I'm talking to jug band fans so I can just play more music. I just hope over the course of time both people new to jug band and fans get their needs met - and I get to have fun playing the music. Notice I keep using the word fun - when I have fun I laugh. My laugh is a part of my personality (those who know me will attest to this).

I'll take your suggestion of a play list seriously. I've thought about posting a playlist but usually dismiss it as a bit of extra work. But I know it would help fulfill the educational goal that is a part of my mission and the mission of the California Jug Band Association.

Point taken

I did not mean to cause distress or concern with my comment - I just can't make out what was played

I'm listening from overseas and have been a jug band fan for many years. With the ability to buy material over the Internet, rather than trying to chase up a local distributor who might take six months to source a CD, buying material that I hear on the show is a reality (if I know what it is)

Trouble is, I can't understand the patter and the source of the music is unclear. A playlist would alleviate this. I'm surprised that a playlist is not mandatory. Here in this country (Australia) radio broadcasters are required to complete APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) schedules. I think AMCOS is the US equivalent. Perhaps, if such a sheet is mandated for KDRT, you've already got the source data for the playlist

Sweet Playlists

Wayne has 'em up now and they are a delight to read...especially while listening to a replay of the show!

Playlists

Hope my playlists are helpful. We are mandated to have a playlist log for the show but that is a paper playlist. Doing the separate playlist on the computer takes more time - and I have a pretty busy life. But your comments have pushed me to doing it. Hope it is helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I love to talk about Jug Band Music!

Thanks

.... Just what the doctor ordered (as well as Jug Band Music)

I Can Testify!

A real time conversation with Wayne is much like listening to his excellent show. He tends to laugh (A LOT!) and smiles all the way through it. I am proud to share the K-Dirt airwaves with him and know that, without a doubt, he is serving the music time & time again.

And Anon, you really need to decide...is it "most of the time" or "half of the time". Don't get your dauber down man...and if you are feeling poorly remember the epic words that still ring true:

"And the Doctor says give 'em Jug Band music, it seems to make 'em feel just fine!"

Rod Moseanko

Excellent Music!

But not enough of it! Too much talk and Wayne sounds stoned half the time...

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