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Last Chance Jug Band

Going by musicologist David Evans, THE FINAL Chance Jug Strap is usually a modern-day incarnation from the jug rings that been around in the Memphis area through the ’20s and ’30s, namely The Memphis Jug Strap led by Will Color and Cannon’s Jug Stompers going up by Gus Cannon. The music group includes Evans (vocals, acoustic guitar, kazoo), Jobie Kilzer (harmonica and jug), Dick Raichelson (piano), Tom Janzen (drums) and Richard Graham (one-string bass, washboard, jug, percussion). Created in 1989 in Memphis, the music group released its debut recording Tremble That Thing (the name cut originally documented by Papa Charlie Jackson) in 1997. So that they can modernize the audio for contemporary viewers, the group thought we would use electric devices (keyboards and amplified acoustic guitar) and add drums. The recording comprises of mainly traditional materials along with three originals (two by Evans and one by Raichelson). There’s a extremely entertaining version from the historical W.C. Helpful tune “Mister Crump,” also called the “Memphis Blues” and a favorably inspiring version from the religious “Time is certainly Winding Up,” a normal tune that Evans discovered from New Orleans road vocalist Babe Stovall.

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