Jug Band History

A jug band consists of  a jug player and a mix of home made instruments like spoon, washboards and kazoo. In the first half of the 20th century homemade guitar and mandolins were used as well.

Early jug bands were based in the south and were mostly African American. They played a mixture of jazz, and  blues.

The first jug bands were recorded in Louisville and Birmingham and played mostly jazz. Blues was played by Memphis jug bands like Will Shade's Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.

During the Great depression the popularity of the jug bands has declined.

A jug band revival happened during the  late 1950s and created a big influence on the rock-and-roll music. Many one hit wonders were released in the 1960s including  Gus Cannon's "Walk Right In" ,"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." Many of the jug band musicians  created their own bands after a an interest in jug band has died down.

Despite that, jug bands and music continue to exist and create art. The most famous and active bands are The J-Band, The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Hobo Gobbelins, The Kitchen Syncopators, The Inkwell Rhythm Makers, Jugadelics, Devine's Jug Band,"Garden of Joy Jug Band", The Bluelights, The South Austin Jug Band.

Chasin' Gus' Ghost is a documentary that describes jug band history and was created by by Todd Kwait  in 2007.