Jeremy Lyons began his career playing in a washboard band on the streets of the French Quarter more than 20 years ago. Now, Jeremy's newest project The Busted Jug Band is an all-acoustic group that harkens back to the street bands of the early 20th Century in Memphis, New Orleans and other Southern cities. Otherwise known as “Juke Bands,” “Spasm Bands” and “Skiffle Bands,” these hilarious musical organizations featured homemade instruments such kazoo, washboard, jug and washtub bass, as well as guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, etc. The BJB plays Memphis Jug Band songs, plus Blues, Harlem Jive, Hillbilly, New Orleans Jazz, Vaudeville, Irish tunes and other oddities. Kazoo, homemade bass, banjo-uke, tenor guitar, washboard, harmonica and rhythm bones are featured and fun reigns supreme. The Busted Jug creates party music with a low electric bill. Check out their facebook page.
(photo by Kate Hopkins)
Kevin Byrne – vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, accordion
Mark Earley – vocals, harmonica, guitar, mandolin, kazoo
Jeremy Lyons – vocals, banjo-ukulele, kazoo, guitar
Robbie Phillips – one-string upright “wombat” bass
Rob Rudin – washboard, rhythm bones, vocals, jug
The Busted Jug Band plays Toad
in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 20 at 10pm, and Joe's Jazz & Blues Fest
at Powderhouse Park in Somerville on Saturday, June 20 at 12:45pm. Jeremy Lyons & the Adjusted Bug Band (Jeremy & the 2 Robs) will be at The Plough & Stars
in Cambridge on Saturday, May 23 from 4-6.