Sounds So Sweet

Host Wayne Hagen takes a lively look at sweet sounds of jug band music, past and present.

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Sounds So Sweet, March 10, 2021: Women in Jug Band Music

Women have been an important part of Jug Band Music since Sara Martin in 1924. In honor of Women’s History Month, we'll take a look at the history of Jug Band Music and the importance of women's contributions from Sara Martin to Rhiannon Giddens. Pictured is an illustration of Lizzie Douglas (1897-1973), also known as "Memphis Minnie," who has been described as the most popular female country blues singer of all time. She transcended both gender and genre. Her recording career reached from the 1920s heyday of country blues guitar to cutting early electric sides in 1950s Chicago studios. Show host Wayne, a founding member of the California Jug Band Associaton and a member of its Board of Directors, has been hosting "Sounds So Sweet" at KDRT since 2007.

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thanks for keeping jug band music alive!

Nice to hear live jug band progamming again

Just wondering if the playlists for Sounds So Sweet are still posted online. Thank you.

We had a computer update that made it hard to post playlists for awhile. As a result my posting of playlists has become rather sporadic. I will make more of an effort to post them regularly. I do give the name, artist, and source for every song during the show

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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