Del & The Rad Rompers’s Shane Del Robles

Shane Del Robles—the “Del” of Del and the Rad Rompers—plays a nice solo here at the beginning of “Lulu’s Back in Town.” He’s playing a fully-rigged board deployed à la française that appears to include a pie tin and a gardening trowel (!). These guys are good! I wish I could go to NYC and hear them live.

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Stéphane Séva teaches how to play the board

Skilled French washboardiste Stéphane Séva here posts a very useful tutorial on basic washboard technique. He’s using a fully-rigged board deployed à la française, and he focuses on the earliest kind of jazz beat used by those of the Baby Dodds school of drumming from the 1920s. If you want to become conversant with the classical forms, this video is a very good place to start.

 

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“Reenlistment Blues” by yours truly

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Washboard Sam: “My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It”

I have no idea how it is that I’ve never yet linked to Washboard Sam.

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Green Rock River Band’s Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman takes us on a tour of his rig. He plays in the doom folk (?) group Green Rock River Band, about which more here.

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More great work by Tuba Skinny’s Robin Rapuzzi

The World’s Greatest Band, Tuba Skinny, here shares with us a sweet version of Blind Boy Fuller’s “Untrue Blues,” nailed down, as always, by the understated rhythm stylings of Robin Rapuzzi.

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Shane Del Robles

This is a nice version of “Summertime” by a band which appears to have no name. Shane Del Robles is doing the honors here on a board set up much like that of David Langlois of the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn: played à la française and loaded with a variety of devices, including a garden trowel and a pie tin.

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