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Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (1993 – 2000, 2007 – present)

Squirrel Nut Zippers are a big band/jazz/alternative rock band which formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States in 1993. They split in 2000 and reunited in 2007. They consist of Jim Mathus (vocals, guitar, trombone), Katharine Whalen (banjo, ukulele, vocals), Stuart Cole (bass), Je Widenhouse (cornet), Will Dawson (saxophone), Henry Westmoreland (saxophone) and Chris Phillips (drums). Former members of the band include Ken Mosher (guitar, saxophone), Stacy Guess (trumpet) and Tom Maxwell (guitar, saxophone, clarinet)

Squirrel Nut Zippers, featuring original and founding members Katharine Whalen, Jimbo Mathus, Chris Phillips, Je Widenhouse and Stuart Cole. On tour the band will be performing material from the entire catalogue. In addition there is usually a live performance with their celebrated animated video for the song The Ghost of Stephen Foster (beautifully done by the folks from the Simpsons).

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The band still rejoices at the difficulty people have pigeonholing their unmistakable sound. A perpetually evolving, hybrid-stew of Southern roots traditions, blues and jazz, the Zippers were aptly tagged “‘30s punk” by one critic. They have always flirted with a muse most concerned with ghosts, love gone wrong, fever-dreams and stories unearthed from days past. Centered around the beguiling vocals of Katherine Whalen and the anachronistic windup toy that is Jimbo Mathus, the Zippers promise to both charm and confound.

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