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It’s Tweedy Time!

I’d never heard of Tweedy Thomas before, but she can beat the hell out of a tambourine, and she rips up the washboard, too!

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Washboard Lou and the Po’ Boys’s Louana Gouvea

I like these guys a lot. Washboard Lou and the Po’ Boys are a Brazilian quartet that plays tunes that seem to be pulled mainly from the standard string band repertoire. Louana Gouvea, the eponymous Washboard Lou, plays her pail-sized … Continue reading

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The Parish Festival’s Sarah Ulloa

Yes, they’re hipsters, but try not to hold that against them. Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Parish Festival plays “a unique but all original blend of early jazz, country, and bluegrass with their own pop twists.”  Sarah Ulloa holds down … 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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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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Les Jazzticots’ Deborah Tropez

This is one of my favorite washboard performances. Deborah Tropez is a French percussionist who specializes in early jazz styles. She can play note-perfect versions of the early tunes, and her washboard skills are amazing. She can sing, too. Les … Continue reading

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“I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling”

Today I learned that it’s tough not to feel good when you’re listening to a banjolele. What we have here is a rendition of the Fats Waller/Billy Rose tune “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling,” delivered via an unnamed chap on … Continue reading

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