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

March 18, 2016
Jugapalooza #5: Dance Edition
Spare Room
4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland
Learn dance moves from old jug band songs, then practice to four live bands

2nd Thursday of each month
Jug Band Jam
Just Bob Cafe
2403 NE Alberta, Portland
All abilities welcome, acoustic only


Latest News


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


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


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


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.


Spodee-o's Sample Videos

September 25, 2014
The Spodee-o's have recorded some new demo videos, featuring a quartet configuration with resonator guitar, harmonica, washboard and upright bass. Watch the videos


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.