J u m p i n' J u b a -
music, presented live and in real time. Jumpin' Juba is
my outlet for my rootsy-bluesy side, allowing me to write
new material inspired by many flavors of American blues
Orleans swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis
rock & roll,
and a playful use of everything from calypso to country
are stirred into the band's blue stew.
alternately pounds and glides over his piano keys. He's been playing
blues and boogie piano for over 3 decades. His musical heroes include
Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancey. I get to bend the guitar
strings a little harder and sing with a little more pepper than
your average folkie. On stage and record, we're often joined by
drummer Brian Flan, a dynamically aware player who beats out blues,
jazz and rock grooves with real taste and precision. We work the
arrangements so that each of us gets a chance to showcase our natural
early 2004, the band released its first studio-recorded CD, Bumpity
diverse collection of original blues and roots-rock tunes (along
with a couple of traditional blues numbers). We kept a live feel
throughout, because much of it was actually recorded in real time.
Editing was kept to a minimum, and none of that "pitch correction" software
was used on the vocals. We did get to play through an odd assortment
of vintage amps, though (some belong to Bruce). Oh yeah, and we
used 100% real acoustic piano, nuthin' digital.
stage, Juba adds many a re-arranged R&B classic to their sets.
People listen, people dance.