Last night twenty or so people were treated to an exquisite evening of jug band music at N Street co-housing. The Axelrod Ensembele: Meredith Axelrod (guitar, jug, vocals), Bill Foss (banjolin, vocals), Keith Cary (commodium, fiddle, harmonica, cello, vocals), and special guest Robert Armstrong (guitars, jug, ukelele, saw); presented a night of world class jug band music.Â
After opening with an instrumental (Vol Stevens Blues) featuring Bill's banjolin they delved into the traditional jug band song book with pieces from Gus Cannon, the Memphis Jug Band, and Earl McDonalds Louisville Jug Band while tossing in nuggets from Uncle Dave Macon and the Mississippi Sheiks. Robert ripped off a very cool guitar solo on the Mississippi sheiks "You Call That Religion." After a side trip into the Joy Buzzards repetoire they returned to roots music with fiddle tunes turned jug band , blues, rags, and even a cakewalk. Highlights were a Frankie "Half-Pint" Jackson tune (My Baby Rocks Me With A Steady Roll) by Robert and Meredith's take on a Rockabilly number (Action Packed). I'm sure everyone there had their own highlights. Â
Next time I tell you to check out some live jug band music you should listen. There are twenty or so people who enjoyed an evening of music they won't soon forget.