Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Crescent Katz’s Patrick Skiffington

I want to be in this band, except for the fact that if I were playing washboard, then I wouldn’t able to sit here and watch Patrick Skiffington do it. He hangs his board à l’américaine, and he looks to be rigged … Continue reading

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More From Jack Amblin and Martyn Roper

We’ve seen this duo before, but you can’t get too much washboard-driven ragtime guitar, so here they are again, playing a couple of cuts: “Cannonball Rag” and “Diddy Wah Diddy.”

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“Forty and Tight” by the Beale Street Washboard Band

When I set out years ago to find some inspirational washboard music from the Olden Days, this is one of the first tunes I encountered. A jazz drummer who pays any attention at all to the classical forms has to acknowledge … Continue reading

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Washboard Wipeout

This video is about much, much more than a guitar made out of a washboard.

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I’ve Got the Czech Republic Blues

Prague, Czech Republic is not the place I think of first when I think of the blues, but these guys definitely have that down-home feel. The harp player/vocalist is Matej Ptaszek; I don’t know who the other two are. The washboardiste … Continue reading

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The Ghost Town Rejects’ Pitch

Wow. Whatever these guys are doing, it’s intense. I don’t know if it’s what they intended, but the song in this video has a distinct sea shanty vibe to it. This is music pirates might listen to during a bout of heavy … Continue reading

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Washboard Chaz

This guy was my inspiration when I started to play the washboard. If Ralf Reynolds is the king of jazz washboard, then Washboard Chaz Leary is undoubtedly the king of the board in the world of blues. Many years ago, … Continue reading

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The Quiet American’s Nicole Keim

It would appear that Nicole Keim’s main gig, musically speaking, is as a uke player and vocalist in the duo The Quiet American, where she plays “old time folk music for modern times.” Here, however, she’s moonlighting as a washboardiste, playing … Continue reading

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The Prostatic Jazz Band’s Jean Maurer

It would appear at first glance that Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise is taking a break from the pennywhistle and trying his hand at the washboard, but this is Jean Maurer of the Prostatic Jazz Band. He starts … Continue reading

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