Juke Joint Jokers
It has been a long minute since I have updated the site. Life sure has a way of getting in the way of things sometimes. Between my two boys, my job, playing music, and all the fun sunny weekend stuff, I have barely been able to work on my latest build. I have been working on a Cigar Box Guitar for someone since February. I just can’t seem to get a break and get the dang thing finished. Not to mention the serious set back I had in March. I am not sure how it happened but the neck broke while I was setting the frets. It must have had a thin crack I hadn’t noticed or something! Maybe some early Feb. temperature changes weakened the wood or something? Your guess is as good as mine.
It broke right where the neck goes into the body. Total bummer. I had to start a new one from scratch. which was OK in hind site as I found a really nice piece of Jatoba wood for the neck. I used some nice eastern Maple for the fret board. it’s coming along nicely. Now if I could just get the time to finish the dang thing. I still have a ton of sanding to do on the rest of the neck!
Anyhow, that wasn’t the main reason why I was making this update. Outside of making these guitars I also play a bunch of music. Mostly old country blues. Lots of finger pickin style in the likes of John Hurt and a lot of slide guitar on my National and my Republic Resolian.
So in my music playing ventures I have teamed up with the very established and respected Barry Truter. A long time country blues lover and picker, Barry has been a real treat for me to get to play with. We played our first show as the newly formed Juke Joint Jokers last week, and as for a first show, it went over very well. Here is the poster for the show. this is the first ever media for the soon to be hugely famous “Juke Joint Jokers!”
Barry is deeply ingrained in the Vancouver folk movement and has another great band called the Fraser Union. You can learn more about Fraser Union by clicking the link below.
Barry and I have been getting together for more than a year now to just jam and share some songs. We really seem to gel well together and our tunes really reflected that. We tried out a few numbers at some open stages and they were well received. So we picked a bunch of old blues tunes and put a set together. Some were played solo and a bunch we played together to make a for an interesting show sprinkled with some cool anecdotes and history on the players and their songs. Here is our set list. As you can see we offered up a lot of variety from a very productive era.
Now onto the meat. I played “hard time killing floor blues” solo and on my Cigar box guitar. Here is a video clip from the show. The audio is a little low but you can definitely get the idea. I have the “Ol’ ‘Delilah” tuned to open F which seems to be the tuning best suited to my voice. This version is a little different from the original Skip James song, but I think it works.
We ended the set with this great Taj Mahal number. “Little Red Hen”. Barry handled the singing and pickin on this one and I supported with some open D slide guitar. This was a super fun jam to get to share with everyone who came to check us out.
Hope enjoyed this one and I will update again once I get this dang Guitar finished so you can all see how it turned out.
Posted on June 19, 2013, in guitars, Music, musicians, my guitars, sweet axes, Uncategorized and tagged 3 string guitar, barry truter, blues, blues jam, bottleneck slide, Cigar box guitar, craig williams, delta blues, folk music, fraser union, guitar slide, hand made guitar, hardtimes killing floor blues, instruments, juke joint jokers, little red hen, musical instruments, skip james, slide guitar, taj mahal, three string guitar, ws bluesbox. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.