Monthly Archives: April 2013

French Washboard Maker Jacques Pallas

There’s a gent named Jacques Pallas in France who sells artisanal washboards out of his workshop in the town of Poitiers. His company is called “L’inoxydable” (which means, I take it, “stainless steel”) and there can be no doubt but … Continue reading

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European-Style Washboard Playing

Europeans have always welcomed traditional and hot jazz with open arms, but the result is generally not as unsettling as this rendition of “Washboard Wiggles” by a group that, as far as I can discern, is known as Elefanf’U. The odd … Continue reading

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Washboard Slim’s Board

The deluxe, ultra-rigged-out board of Washboard Slim, who played with Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. There’s a lot of cookware on that thing. Here’s an example of Washboard Slim in action, possibly playing this very board. Photo by Bob Sapovits

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Ralf Reynolds (the Reynolds Brothers)

The first post at Modern Washboarder might as well be about Ralf Reynolds, who’s probably the finest washboard player to walk the planet. He’s been doing this for decades, and he brings an effortless grace to the washboard that others … Continue reading

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