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Jug bandlocked

  • Paul Oliver
  • , revised by Art Menius

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An instrumental ensemble style developed by African Americans from the urban South in the 1920s and 30s as a popular novelty entertainment. The eponymous jug was a bass instrument into which a player made buzzing sounds with the lips so that the jug could act as a resonator. Louisville produced some of the earliest jug bands to record, including the Dixieland Jug Blowers, which employed two jugs on “Skip Skat Doodle Do” (...

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