A Little Yuletide Juggery

Enjoy some novelty tunes.


It’s a hootin’, hollerin,’ hootenanny of a holiday jamboree when the giants of jug band put down their corncob pipes, spit out their chaw tobaccy, and play the sounds of the season.

Drawn together by a love of Kentucky bourbon and the music that empty jugs can make after that fine Kentucky bourbon has been guzzled, these jug band all-stars—Austin DeLone, Tim Eschliman, Paul Rogers, Gregory Leroy Dewey, Blake Richardson, and Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs—perform hilariously self-deprecating novelty tunes.

Their new album, Jugology, culls the favorite holiday tunes from the band’s repertoire, drawing from their compilations “Mistletoe Jam,” “Tree-Side Hoot,” “Rhythm on the Roof,” “Uncorked,” and “On the Holiday Highway.” It’s the finest ensemble of classic Appalachian Americana yuletide juggery since Frogtown Hollow Jubilee went toe to toe in the Christmas talent show against the Riverbottom Nightmare Band in Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.

Wed., Dec. 20, 8 p.m., $16-$20, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, TheFreight.org.

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