Welcome

I'm a musician in Portland, Oregon with a passion for pre-war folk and blues music. I used to write original songs and perform as a singer-songwriter; I now prefer discovering old songs and performing with other musicians whenever possible. I've also taught classes and private lessons, and organized benefit concerts and jams. Read on for more details….

Portland Jug Band Jam
Portland Jug Band Jam
Online Jug Lessons
Online Jug Lessons
Will Shade Gravestone Benefit
Will Shade Gravestone Benefit
Set List Maker App
BandHelper App
Solo Recordings
Solo Recordings

Side Projects

Tips for Jug Band Jams
Musical ideas and etiquette for joining a jam.

Get It Videos
Writing two lost Memphis Jug Band songs.

Shade/Burse Tribute
Recreating the 1958 Will Shade and Charlie Burse video.

Whistler Tribute
Recreating the 1930 Whistler's Jug Band film.

 

 

Latest News

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New Album

May 9, 2016
The How Long Jug Band is wrapping up its third album, with a CD release show to be announced soon. We're taking preorders on our website now, and we posted a preview of the title track. Hear the preview

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Spodee-o's Sample Videos

November 21, 2015
The Spodee-o's have recorded some new demo videos, featuring a sextet configuration with resonator guitar, harmonica, clarinet, piano, washboard and upright bass. Watch the videos

Kickstarter

Jug Band Interview Project

June 15, 2015
I just launched my first Kickstarter campaign, for a project to interview people who knew the jug band pioneers of the 1920's and 30's. View the campaign

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How Long Jug Band Sample Videos

March 21, 2015
The How Long Jug Band has recorded some new demo videos, featuring our newest member on fiddle and vocals. Watch the videos

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Jug Playing Sampler

December 1, 2014
If I ever hear of an opportunity for a professional jug playing gig, I want to be ready, so I assembled this demo reel to show off my jug chops.