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

Friday, April 3, 9:00 pm
Jugapalooza #4
Spare Room
4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland
Thirty performers shuffled into
six new bands

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


Latest News


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.


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.