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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 28, 6-8 pm
National Kazoo Day Celebration
Mississippi Pizza Pub
3552 N Mississippi, Portland
Bring a kazoo and hum along

Saturday, February 1, 9:30 pm
Skoodle Um Skoo CD Release
Laurelthirst Public House
2958 NE Glisan, Portland
The How Long Jug Band's second CD

Friday, March 14, 9:00 pm
Jugapalooza #3
Secret Society
116 NE Russell, Portland
Seven bands, double-entendre contest,
washboard whack-off, band scramble

2nd Thursday of each month
Jug Band Jam
Anna Bannanas
2403 NE Alberta, Portland
All abilities welcome, acoustic only


Latest News


Get It Videos

August 20, 2014
When I learned that two Memphis Jug Band songs have never been found, I was intrigued. When I read the titles of the songs, I had to do something about it! See the results of the subsequent songwriting project.


New Album

January 18, 2014
The How Long Jug Band is wrapping up its second album, with a CD release show scheduled for February 1. We're taking preorders on our website now, and we posted a preview of the title track. Hear the preview


Tribute Videos

September 7, 2013
I became inspired to recreate two rare and inspirational videos of pioneering jug band musicians, so I gathered some friends, borrowed some vintage instruments and recorded copies of Whistler's Jug Band playing Foldin' Bed and Will Shade and Charlie Burse playing Kansas City Blues.


New Video Demo

May 6, 2013
The Spodee-o's have recorded some new demo videos, which include my first performance on a resonator guitar, the Regal Tricone I picked up last month. Good thing I was wearing a lavalier or you'd never hear me over that thing! Watch the videos


Jugapalooza Press

March 22, 2013
Last week's Jugapalooza event was a success, growing in attendance since the first year and earning some good coverage from the local press. You can read my profile in the Willamette Week, Portland's alternative weekly, or watch me and members of the monthly jug band jam on the KATU evening news.