Tag Archives: à l’américaine

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. UPDATE: Or not Robin, as I’m informed by a commenter. … Continue reading

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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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Porteña Jazz Band’s Norberto Mendez

Well, this dude’s not afraid to get in your face. The Porteña Jazz Band (from Argentina, I think) gives Norberto Mendez an extended tabla de lavar feature, and he makes the most of it. I’d be terrified to put myself out there … Continue reading

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A Lesson With Washboard Chaz

It doesn’t get any better than this. Washboard Chaz, the King of the Blues Washboard, gives us a tour of his board and teaches a first lesson for beginning washboardistes. This is must-watch stuff!

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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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Dave Fox

Dave Fox on washboard accompanies Joseph Ruback (ukulele and kazoo) on “Go Feather Your Nest,” a 1920 tune by Kendis, Brockman and Johnson. Mr. Fox plays a pail-sized board à l’américaine. I like the tin cup.

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