Devine’s Jug Band
A humble slice of Americana gets a bracing jolt of contemporary energy with Terrible Operation Blues, the dazzling debut of Devine’s Jug Band, a San Francisco ensemble wise to the ways of the weird old Southwest. Launched by vocalist and jug master Pete Devine, who earned his old-time stripes as drummer in the revered ragtime band Bo Grumpus, DJB features fiddler/vocalist Mayumi Urgino, guitarist/vocalist Meredith Axelrod and a rotating cast of string experts on a program of salty blues, sassy stomps, and raucous rags. This is party music for hard times, which is to say it sounds more relevant than ever.
Terrible Operation Blues (2009)