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He’s a hell of a washboard player, first of all. He’s also able to grow a lush forest of facial hair. In addition, he can sing. Finally, he has a six-shooter mounted to the side of his board which he … Continue reading
Here’s the ever-enjoyable Patrick Skiffington playing with the Crescent Katz at the 2017 Fresno Jazz Fest. I really like the way he changes up what he’s doing to fit with each different featured player. This is how you do it!
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.
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.
This is a nice rendition of “Weary Blues” by members of the California Honeydrops. It’s minimalist: only a trumpet, a clarinet and the board, the last of which is played very adeptly by Ben Malament. He’s using an unadorned board … Continue reading
I’ve stumbled across another maker of washboards. Cincinnati Washboards is, so the website informs us, the labor of love of three Argentine cousins: a musician, an engineer, and a designer. They build wavy-crimp boards designed to be played à l’américaine. Each … Continue reading