jug band


: a band that uses primitive or improvised instruments (such as jugs, washboards, and kazoos) to play blues, jazz, and folk music

Examples of jug band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a 1972 issue of Rolling Stone, Garcia credited McKernan with his shift from acoustic jug band to electric guitar, which prompted the formation of the Warlocks, the band that became the Grateful Dead. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Skiffle, which originated in Kentucky and Tennessee in the early 1900s, blended folk, blues, gospel, jazz, country and jug band music. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 Other autumn happenings: jug band music, a hoedown and ghost stories. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 At Southside Preservation Hall on Saturday, about a dozen Black musicians will perform songs from traditional genres such as old-time, string band, jug band, ragtime and early blues and jazz as part of the Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival. Dallas News, 14 Mar. 2022 Aside from the many multi-day annual music festivals featuring famous artists, there are smaller events like the National Jug Band Jubilee, which celebrates the jug band style of music pioneered in Louisville in the early 1900s. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 23 Dec. 2022 Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights have doing their singular jug band/swing jazz/roots/blues/fun thing for four decades. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Instead of tracing seminal artist Ma Rainey's (Viola Davis) career, the Netflix film walks us through a day in her life, which mostly consists of a recording session with her jug band and exploitative white producer. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 18 Dec. 2020 The influences of soul, rock, English folk, jazz, jug band and a heavy dose of industrial English LSD lunacy! Ron Hart, Billboard, 24 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jug band was circa 1933

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“Jug band.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jug%20band. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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