-- Michael Hochanadel, The Daily Gazette
-- Thomas Dimopoulos, The Saratogian
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Here's a review of the Jug Stompers' "Hobo Nickel" CD in the The Daily Freeman!
THE DAILY FREEMAN, Kingston, NY
ALBUM REVIEW: Ramblin Jug Stompers take it up a notch
Published: Friday, October 2, 2009
By David Malachowski, Reviewer
ARTIST: Ramblin Jug Stompers
ALBUM: "Hobo Nickel"
With this, the second release from Albany's finest (albeit only) jug band, the Ramblin Jug Stompers take it up a notch in quality and conception. 2006 "Crooked Songs" was a live collection; the band and Sten Isachsen produced this studio outing with warmth and clarity.
The battling banjo, harmonica and kazoo in the intro are the musical equivalent of a sunny summer day (even though it's a blues) and sets the tone here.
The band has performed often in Woodstock, and features Bowtie (banjo), Steven "Cousin" Clyde (guitar, kazoo), Mr. Eck (mandolin, jug) and Wild Bill (washboard, harmonica, found objects). Two of them have been on MTV, a different two are well respected music journalists, another toured with Commander Cody. We'd tell you their real names, but we're sworn to secrecy.
Familiar tunes are given a fresh ramblin spin, like "Down In the Boondocks," while "My Eggs Don't The Same Without You" has a sad plaintive (plaintiff?) delivery. The gorgeous "Frypan Jack Enters Into Heaven" is near perfection, as is "Blue Diamond Mines" (with Mat Kane on fiddle), a haunting highlight.
For more information, visit www.jugstompers.com
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-- David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman
Here's a review of the Jug Stompers' "Crooked Songs" CD in the The Daily Freeman
ARTIST: Ramblin Jug Stompers
ALBUM: "Crooked Songs"
Recorded live at the prestigious Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the Albany-based Ramblin Jug Stompers bring things back to basics with their debut CD "Crooked Songs." This isn't just a clever name they dreamed up, they actually do have someone who plays a jug and a kazoo and a washboard and even a saw. Yes, they're a politically correct and environmentally conscious band; no electricity is burned in the performance of these 12 songs.
Certain members of this group were in Blotto, the early MTV stars. Others have national credits as well (the Star Spangled Washboard Band, the Neanderthals, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen), and all of them have funny names: Bowtie (banjo, vocals), Cousin Clyde (guitar, kazoo, vocals), Mr. Eck (mandolin, dobro, jug, vocals) and Wild Bill (washboard, harmonica, kazoo, vocals).
And you thought I was kidding?
Kicking things off with "The Midnight Special," you can just feel the audience adoring them (and hear them singing along). A banjo makes an appearance in "Hello Hello" and a jug in "Jug Band Music." "Cripple Creek" would make Levon Helm and The Band proud, while "Ooh La La" has a plaintive yet earnest delivery by Mr. Eck, a sure highlight. A joyful take on reggae warhorse "The Harder They Come" shows they can tackle almost any genre and make it their own.
This crew can be serious and silly in the same song, and this live recording shows that not only can they play, but they can also entertain a crowd, and most of all, have fun the entire time.
The record is available via their Web site, and besides playing various venues on the East Coast, Ramblin Jug Stompers have a residency at Tess' Lark Tavern in Albany every third Monday of the month.
Grab your jugs and kazoos and join in! For more information, visit www.jugstompers.com
-- David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY 3/2/2007