The Gut Bucket Jug Band
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The Gut Bucket Jug Band

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"This CD proves that any tune can become a jug band tune"

The Gutbucketeers have effectively proven once again that jug band music is not a "genre" but a style that makes any tune happier and more interesting. This CD offers us another great ride on the musical omnibus. What a trip!

ALso from the NJBJ columnist Jim Bunch:

Fantastic! Modern Jug Band Music with a new twist.
author: Jim Bunch

As a Gutbucket (Washtub Bass) player I seek out a lot of
jug band music. This is one of the best modern jug band CD's
I've ever heard. I especially like how the GJB takes old
standards such as Nagasaki and The Blues My Naughty Sweetie
Give To Me and plays them in a new style, rhythm, and beat.
They don't just copy Jim Kweskin's Jug Band or the old masters
(as so many jug bands do). The musicianship is also superb
and very tight - even on sloppy drunk ;-). Also, you won't
find better jug playing anywhere bar none.

- Rod Wenz, National Jug Band Jubilee

"I have seen the future of jug band music!"

Growing up with the likes of Jim Kweskin and the Even Dozen Jug Bands, I thought that I was in for more of the same from Gutbucket. I mean, where does jugband music go after the '60s? Man, I was wrong! This album has floored me with its variety and impeccable musicality. The versatility of the musicians and the choice of material is awesome - from straight treatments of blues, through Latin, the smoky '20s, Euro-cabaret, and jazz, these guys master all genres. Colin Stevens's vocal is so unique and so right for this band, and is a perfect companion for the beautiful sweet clarinet playing. What an interesting album, with a remarkable collection of songs. - Andrew Forrer (Oakland Folk)


Pussyfootin' (2003) Yandoo Records -

Engruntlement (2004) Cracked Records -

Raunchy, Paunchy, Rootless and Blue (2006) Cracked Records -

Singing Syrup Sinfonia (2009) Cracked Records
(to be released in June 2009 - see also



About Jug Band Music:

In the later part of the 19th century, music that linked West African music to the blues of the Afro-Americans began to surface. The most vibrant form of this music was the Jug Band which could be heard at race tracks, political rallies, patent medicine shows and on sidewalks across Kentucky and Tennessee. Many musicians played homemade instruments, and the bands generally consisted of a banjo and/or guitar, kazoos, tin whistle, harmonica, washboard, and an earthenware liquor jug (the poor man’s tuba).

There were two distinct styles of jug band; one with a “rural blues” feel and the other having a minstrel/vaudeville, early jazz influence. Both styles were popular as novelty bands and many well known blues singers performed and recorded with jug bands, such was their popularity. Jazz musicians such as Clarence Williams had secondary bands playing jazz using the jug band format, but adding brass and reeds. Jug bands, along with many other non-mainstream music styles, did not survive the onset of the Great Depression. Jug bands disappeared until the Folk Revival of the fifties and sixties, when a number of collegiate jug bands appeared in the East Coast and bands began to spring up across the rest of the U.S. Perhaps the most famous of the “revival” jug bands were Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band.

About The Band:

The Gut Bucket Jug Band formed in 1965, after the folk revival had been under way for some time in Australia. Because the band could play both of the jug band styles, they were in great demand at both folk and jazz festivals. Four of the original band members are still playing with the band: Colin Stevens (mandolin, harmonica and vocals), Tony Dunn (jug), Ron Davis (guitar, vocals) and Brent Davey (banjo and tenor guitar, vocals). During the seventies, the band underwent changes in musical emphasis, and individual members joined other groups. Ron, Brent and Tony eventually found themselves in The Panton Hill Umbrella Club, a jug- and jazz-flavoured country music band, and were joined by Tim Shaw (reeds) and Ken Farmer (washboard). This band dissolved in the mid-1980s as members moved interstate and overseas, wherever their employment took them. It wasn’t until the nineties that everybody got back together, Colin rejoined the band and the original name was reinstituted. The Gut Bucket Jug Band has been exploring the limits of jug band music continuously ever since.

While most jug bands play the standard simple jug band songs of the twenties, the Gut Bucket Jug Band has embarked on the challenge of playing a wide repertoire of popular and jazz tunes of the twenties and later, but in traditional jug band style. The band has produced three CDs and as a result is probably better known in the U.S. than in Australia. Samples of the CDs can be heard on the CD Baby web site: (also gutbucket2 and gutbucket3)

The Gut Bucket Jug Band has appeared, often regularly, at the annual Coolart, Merimbula, Moe, Halls Gap, Paynesville, Dubbo and Inverloch Jazz Festivals, at the Guildford Banjo Jamboree and at the Port Phillip and University of Melbourne Folk Festivals. In late 2007, the band toured regional Victoria for Arts Victoria, the State’s principal arts Council.