$8 in advance /
$10 at the door
“Our music is a good time, stuffed with entertainment and wrapped in history.”
Winners of the 2015 Battle of the Jug Bands put on by Prairie Home Companion.
Music lovers have compared their eclectic vintage shows steeped in roots music to shows by Old Crow Medicine Show and The Carolina Chocolate Drops. It's a great comparison ...... come out and see why.
The Jug Slammers, a Birmingham band, are a nomadic bunch of guys, traveling anywhere they can find an audience for Delta blues and old-time jug music. They play on the street. They perform in nightclubs. They appear at festivals.
And at least once, they've graced the stage of"A Prairie Home Companion" in Minnesota. (More on that later.)
It's an adventurous life -- and not an easy one -- that involves pounding the pavement, hitting the highway, sleeping in seedy motels and trying to get a few extra miles from a patched-up, temperamental old van.
Although the Jug Slammers don't hop trains or don't eat cold beans from cans, it's easy to think of them modern-day hoboes -- footloose, freewheeling and chasing a rugged dream.
The band came together in 2012 when Nick set out to organize a solid jug band, joining Atkins and recruiting the others, his brother and old friends. They put out their first album, Steel City Jug Slammers, in 2012; the band has also been featured on Animal Planet, filmed for documentaries, become a Jug Band Champion, and asked on as guests for NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
The guys say they have a lot of fun, but most of all, they love to see audiences falling back in love their music, which is rarely produced these days. “Jug band music is free and fun and takes a certain skill set and acute ear to pin down just right. I hope it conveys the point that sound is everywhere and made from just about anything and anyone can do it whether you are rich or poor,” Mathews says. “My dream for this type of music is for it to be remembered and preserved and for the men and women who performed and perform it, past and present, to be honored and recognized for their hard work. The one thing I would tell people about jug band music is this: Dance!”
Opening the evening will be Asheville's CAROLINA CUD CHEWERS with a variety of roots music from the 20's, 30's, and 40's. Everything from Old-time stringband songs and tunes to Hobo Songs to Pre-war blues and more ......
The Carolina Cud Chewers