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Biography

“Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band were stars of the same early-'60s folk revival that launched Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. His band introduced listeners to American roots styles beyond traditional folk and country blues and served as a breeding ground for performers such as Geoff Muldaur, Maria (D'Amato) Muldaur and violinist Richard Greene.”—Boston Herald

“Wonderful nonsense like ‘My Gal’ featured free-for-all vocals accompanied by kazoo and washboard, while ‘Borneo’ included some nifty steel guitar work. There are also oddly beautiful songs like ‘Newport News,’ a laid-back bit of blues with mandolin and harmonica, and the danceable ‘My Gal’…. The band's wide arsenal of unusual instruments, humorous material, and professional approach represented a quantum leap for folk music in 1963.”—All Music Guide

Jim Kweskin’s euphoric brand of folk, jazz, and blues was honed on early 78s by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, and Fats Waller. These examples of his band in its prime include “Somebody Stole My Gal,” “Jug Band Music,” “Richland Woman,” “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me,” “Eight More Miles to Louisville,” “Melancholy Baby,” and “Never Swat a Fly.”

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