Category Archives: rigs and setups

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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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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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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Rob “Washboard Tie Guy” Cook

Are you friggin’ kidding me?!

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The Ben Miller Band’s Doug Dicharry

You should only watch this video if you’re prepared to have your face melted off by some electric washboard-driven trance blues, courtesy of the Ben Miller Band. Doug Dicharry, the washboardiste, has a very simple setup: a plain board, played à l‘américaine, … Continue reading

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The Washboard Buskers’ Marcus Lennie

Herewith a band of Canadian Americana enthusiasts. The group includes a banjo player, a washboardiste, and two patient dogs. The board is being played by Marcus Lennie in la mode à l‘américaine, and it’s rigged out with at least six bells of different sizes. He … Continue reading

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The Main Street Maniacs’ Dick Hardwick

Now this guy’s just darned good. This is a blast from the past: the Main Street Maniacs are caught here playing some traditional jazz at Disneyland in 1981. They’re great, as you would expect any of the house bands to … Continue reading

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Whiskey Shivers’ Joe Deuce

I’ll point out right off the bat that I’m not a fan of the music that Whiskey Shivers is playing. Anyway, in this video washboardiste Joe Deuce looks like he’s playing harder than anyone has ever played the board. He … Continue reading

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