Bobbie Leecan’s Need-More Band appears to be, musically speaking, a cut above your standard string band of the 1920s. “Washboard Cut-Out” is a perky piece featuring some solid washboard stylings by Eddie Edinborough (about whom there is little to be found on the Internet).
Here’s David Langlois, currently of the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, pairing up with Chapman Stick player Steve Adelson in a clip from 2008. The Chapman Stick is so versatile and Langlois has so much gear on his board that the two of them sound like a full band.
This tune by the Ellis Island Boys really gives Ralf Reynolds a chance to groove. He’s doing so much subtle stuff here, all within the context of a tight one-handed shuffle, that it’s tough to take it in.
He’s a hell of a washboard player, first of all. He’s also able to grow a lush forest of facial hair. In addition, he can sing. Finally, he has a six-shooter mounted to the side of his board which he actually works into his solo.
These guys are the Slick Skillet Serenaders, out of New Orleans. I can’t find the name of the washboardiste. Any help along those lines would be appreciated.
These guys rock.
Here’s another taste of Rob Cook, the Washboard Tie Guy, who was previously featured here. What is there to say? This guy is abso-friggin’-lutely amazing.
Eric Campbell is playing the absolute hell out of “Got My Mojo Workin'” with J.R. Willis on Banjo and Sheldon Ziro on harp. He’s playing the board à l’américaine, thimbles on his right hand and a stick in his left. He also has what looks like a floor tom rigged up as a bass drum. Oh yes—we can’t forget the cigarette dangling in a Gallic fashion from his lips.
Campbell plays this board like a guy who also knows how to play drums, which is a welcome departure from a lot of the washboardistes we see online.
If you want to see more of Eric Campbell, get a load of this video, where he is playing a rig that looks much like that played by the Washboard Tie Guy.