Vanguard - 79163 - 1965

Jug Band Music

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band

Liner notes by Mel Lyman

Now the authorities have requested that I write something informative back here concerning the members of the Jug Band and their particular sources and modes of expression so let me say that we are a family consisting of Jim Kweskin, Marilyn Kweskin, Agatha Kweskin, Geoffrey Muldaur, Joe Flanken, Rex Rakish, Sebastian Dangerfield, Swami O'Rooney, Bruno Wolfe, Hugh Bialy, Maria D'Amato, Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith, Melvin Lyman, Theodore, and a grand display of instruments and toys and gadgets. Jim is our leader and he does all the work. Marilyn does the cooking. We love Jim and Marilyn because they take care of us. Aggie is our mascot. Fritz is our family inventor and he makes new things to play with. Maria is very nice to look at and Geoffrey is nice to look at too. Bill is very serious and before he joined the band we were pretty unruly. Rex Rakish is a pisces and very far out and Theodore is my cat. Mel Lyman is writing this and that's who he is.
Jim plays the guitar and sings and plays the comb now and then and sometimes he even plays the banjo. Geoffrey has a beautiful voice and plays the guitar and makes faces and hums into kazoos and every now and then we make him play the washboard but he doesn't really like to. Maria is our star female vocalist and she too plays the guitar and the kazoo and she also plays the fiddle and keeps rhythm on sandpaper blocks. Fritz is the only member of the band who can really blow a jug even though we're called a jug band and I mean he can really blow a jug. Fritz also flumps his washtub bass and it looks pretty unbelievable. Bill Keith plays the banjo and that cat can actually play two songs at the same time if he wants to though he doesn't do it on this record. I used to play rhythm banjo in the band but I was so bad at it that we couldn't keep a beat and now all they let me play is the harmonica. I play the banjo on a couple of pieces in this album and Jim asked me to mention it so that people wouldn't think it was Bill but I don't think it was all that bad and anyhow the engineers have squelshed it to the point of being almost inaudible. Rex Rakish plays everything in the band and even things that aren't in the band. He sings too. We all do a lot of different things but I think that pretty much covers what we do on this record.

Mel Lyman


Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band

Jim Kweskin - Guitar, Vocals
Bill Keith - Banjo, Guitar (Steel)
Geoff Muldaur - Guitar, Vocals
Maria D'Amato (Muldaur) - Vocals
Mel Lyman - Harmonica
Rex Rakish - Percussion, Vocals
Fritz Richmond - Bass
Bruno Wolfe - Vocals

Songs

Jim Kweskin is the lead vocalist on Blues My Naughtie Sweetie Gives to Me, Vamp of New Orleans, Somebody Stole My Gal, Good Time Charlie, Whoa Mule Get Up in the Alley, and Rag Mama. Geoff Muldaur sings lead on Jug Band Music, Don't You Leave Me Here, and Memphis. Bruno Wolfe sings lead on K.C. Moan, Morning Blues, and Ukelele Lady, and Maria sings lead on I'm a Woman.

Side One

  1. BLUES MY NAUGHTY SWEETIE GIVES TO ME - 1:56 (Swanstone - Carvon - Morgan) - E.B. Marks, BMI
  2. JUG BAND MUSIC - 2:57 (Memphis Jug Band - add. verses, Geoff Muldaur)
  3. I'M A WOMAN - 3:51 (Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller) - Trio Music, BMI
  4. MORNING BLUES - 3:00 (Dave Macon - add. verses, Dave Simon)
  5. VAMP OF NEW ORLEANS (SADIE CIREEN) - 2:49 (Gilbert Wells - Johnny Dunn) - Pickwick, ASCAP
  6. DON'T YOU LEAVE ME HERE - 2:34 (Ferdinand Morton) - Tempo Music, ASCAP
  7. SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL - 3:13 (L. Wood) - Robbins Music, ASCAP
Side Two
  1. K. C. MOAN - 3:44 (Memphis Jug Band)
  2. GOOD TIME CHARLIE - 1:56 (John Koerner) - Nina Music, BMI
  3. JUG BAND WALTZ - 3:36 (Memphis Jug Band)
  4. WHOA MULE GET UP IN THE ALLEY - 3:20 (Gus Cannon) - Peer International, ASCAP
  5. MEMPHIS - 3:00 (Chuck Berry) - Arc Music, BMI
  6. UKELELE LADY - 3:49 (Gus Kahn - E.A. Whiting) - Bourne-Whiting, BMI
  7. RAG MAMA - 2:08 (Blind Boy Fuller)


(Photo: Mel Lyman on back of album jacket.
Photographed by Charles Frizzell at the Brandeis Folk Festival, 1964)

Excerpt from a review of Jug Band Music by Robert J. Lurtsema. The Broadside of Boston, March 31, 1965.

Mel Lyman's harmonica sets the pace for "The Jug Band Waltz," which I've played over and over, and I still can't get enough of it. The only instrumental, it is a veritable lesson in sustained humor. This one cut is worth the cost of the whole record.