Tag Archives: à l’américaine

This Guy Is Better Than I Am In Many, Many Ways.

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

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More Patrick Skiffington with the Crescent Katz

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!

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“Reenlistment Blues” by yours truly

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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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The California Honeydrops’ Ben Malament

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

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Cincinnati Handmade Rhythm Washboards (from Argentina, of course)

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

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