Conjugal Visitors

Conjugal Visitors

 Portland, Oregon, USA

Granny nominated acoustic zeitgeist. Original Americana and Whiskeyland jazz.


Conjugal Visitors shows are always a hoot. With their unique mix of mountain dance music, bluegrass, jazz, jug band, and good old rock 'n' roll. Watching them perform makes you feel like you've stumbled into a free-wheeling living room jam session party, but the talent and polish soon shine through. These folks are hot musicians and they aren't shy about putting it on display during explosive marathon sets of tightly woven arrangements and jazzy improvisation.

The Conjugal Visitors give back to the community by playing dozens of benefit events every year and funny thing, those good causes always throw the best parties!

The band has been going strong since 2005, they were voted Best Acoustic Band in the Eugene Weekly's "Best of Eugene" reader's poll. They have graced the stage with such acts as Peter Rowan, Devil Makes Three, GreenSky Bluegrass, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Fruition, Shook Twins, Laurie Lewis, Scott Law, Baby Gramps, Maria Muldaur. It seems like there is an ever growing crew of people who know that there's always a good time to be had with The Conjugal Visitors!

2011 was another fine year for the Conjugal Visitors, performing at numerous festivals from northern Washington to southern Oregon, including the Northwest Folklife Festival, Oregon Country Fair, RootStalk, Hoedown for Ancient Forests, National Rainbow Gathering at Mt. St. Helens.

The new year began with a 2 month stint in Maui where they shared a bill with Greensky Bluegrass, as well as at the Mystic Island Festival, the Source Festival, the Makawao Farmer's Market, the Kipahulu Triangle. After a tour from Long Beach, CA to San Francisco to the Applegate Valley, we returned to Portland to complete our new album.

The Conjugal Visitors' newest CD, "Maui Wowie Jubilee"' was recorded live in Maui and in the studio in Portland . The CD varies from old time country to lost era jazz, from heartfelt tear jerkers to barn burnin' dance tunes. Mainly it's good clean fun. Coming soon from the recording woodshed are two concept albums delving into the timeless traditions of struggle; Prohibition and Labor.

We have an exciting summer of Festivals, Weddings, Farm Parties, Bicycle Powered Stages, late night bonfires, and early mornin' kitchen jams in store for all comers.
Come on out and join us anytime. We'll keep the fire burnin'.


Maui Wowee Jubilee (2012)
Radio show recorded live in Maui. Featuring the current line up and new songs from the "Wild Man of Ulapalakua", Derby Joe. Fat's McGuire also makes his debut on this album. Talking story in between some of the songs gives an idea of the band's adventures in Hawaii!

The Appalachian (2010)
This album reflects a lot of Conjugal's current set list of songs. Filled with folky original compositions and obscure old-time jazz tunes.

The Gangs All Here (2008)
From Roll out the barrel to Singin' in the Tub, to high energy mountain dance, this studio release is silly and rockin'. Featuring the incomparable Jesse Lawton and Chip Cohen.

Monkey Dance (2006)
The first album which mixes studio cuts with raw but real recordings of live shows.

Lot's of out of print live releases between 2005 and 2011

Set List

The band has a plethora of original songs and also digs deep into classic Americana, playing tunes by artists as diverse as Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, Peter Rowan and ragtime legends, just to name a few. They also play quite a few tunes that are so old, that they can only be credited as "Traditional." Songs like "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Salt Creek" fall into this category.
The band frequently plays 3 hour sets with a combination of covers and original numbers. With members switching instruments and engaging the crowd, you gotta see it to believe it. It's pretty entertaining!