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Robbert Trice’s rig

Robbert is the excellent harmonica player and multi-percussionist with George Cutter and Friends. Here he shares a pic and thoughts about his many and varied rigs: Convocation of Instruments. Two are family size, one is pail size. They all follow … Continue reading

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Chunk’s Rig

What we have here is the Behrens board used by Chunk, washboardiste of Gutter Puddle from up in Vancouver, BC. He describes his add-ons as follows: I added 3 measuring cups all different sizes The one mounted on the bottom makes … Continue reading

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Shameless Plugs Division

At the risk of seeming immodest, I’d like to take a moment to plug my recent tome on how to play the washboard. It’s titled, appropriately enough, How to Play the Washboard, and I would like to think that it does … Continue reading

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The Washboard Assemblages of Mal Tornay

Everything but the kitchen sink (and that may be attached to a board we simply can’t see in this video)!

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Dusty Jet Pilots’ Renato Barsa

Those wacky Brazilians. Here we have a heavy metal duo with Renato Barsa on vocals, harp and board. Barsa plays a board set up à l’américaine, rigged out with two cans, a bicycle bell (?) and a bulb horn. Their … Continue reading

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She Got Her Name Changed Back

I guess this counts as washboard playing. Miranda Lambert, vocalist with Pistol Annies, is wearing a board during a performance of “Got My Name Changed Back.” Lambert is playing a pail-sized board à l’américaine with no add-ons. To be honest, I … Continue reading

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Some South-of-the-Border Scraping

Washboardiste Ian Foreman rocks it with some compadres in Rosarita, Mexico.  Foreman plays the board à l’américaine, decked out with what looks like a bell and a can. The board fits in perfectly with this tune! Foreman has posted videos of … Continue reading

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Horniblow’s Hot Three’s Nicholas D. Ball

Wow! This is the stuff! Brit Nicholas D. Ball, who runs the fascinating “Drums in the Twenties” site, lays it down in a trio called Horniblow’s Hot Three. In this video, they’re playing “Skoodlum Blues,” originally recorded by Jimmy O’Bryant’s … Continue reading

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The Always-Delightful Deborah Tropez

Here’s another video of the supremely-skilled Deborah Tropez, whom we have previously featured in this space. As usual, she nails it down like a boss. I love her rig, which is a cross between à la française and à l’américaine.

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