Ramblin Jug Stompers
(Rambling jug stompers, 2009)
Band members Cousin Clyde, Mister Eck (aka Chronogram’s Michael Eck), Bowtie, and Wild Bill come to the table from varying worlds of punk, jazz, folk, and theater, and the broad range of experience makes for string band music with a few curveballs. In addition to acoustic guitar, banjo, jug, washboard, kazoo, and mandolin, these mischievous geezers are apt to throw in a manual typewriter and a resonator ukulele, as on the hilarious “My Eggs Don’t Taste the Same without You.” While the Stompers do love to incite folks to pound the floorboards, the foursome also possess impressive restraint and delicacy, as evidenced on “Blue Diamond Mines” and the lovely hobo requiem “Frypan Jack Enters Heaven.” The romance of riding the rails may only be fantasy, but with the Ramblin Jug Stompers leading the way, few could resist a stroll to the train yard. www.jugstompers.com.