The Bumper Jacksons – CD RELEASE CONCERT!!Jun 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Bumper Jacksons come back to Ashland Coffee and Tea this summer to release their most recent album Too Big World. Steeped in the early, danceable rhythms of jump blues, New Orleans-style jazz, and old time, this young DC-based group features powerful vocals and smart originals. They were recognized as the region’s “Best Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards in both 2013 and 2014.
Fusing the energy of a festival dance party with the tenderness of a mountain ballad, the Bumper Jacksons paint America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, the Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone is invited and the dance floor never sleeps!
Trombones battle clarinets and kazoos. Playful, genre-exploding originals pepper their sets. They are a big, fat party, yet you can tell that the Bumper Jacksons love the quiet. They can summon vulnerability and sparseness when they want to break your heart. Jess Eliot Myhre’s vocals and clarinet playing are rooted deeply in the study of early blues singers; she oscillates between the tender and the ferocious. The big-bearded Chris Ousley imbues a heavy dose of humor – his “mouth horn,” unpredictable falsetto interludes and originals like the “Bacon Adoration” keep the shows light, fresh and funny.
The Bumper Jacksons’ popular live shows have earned them an enthusiastic following throughout the region, and their upcoming album, Too Big World, has them poised to take the stage as a national act. The record’s six original songs fit seamlessly within a collection of classics–a testament to their mastery of the craft. Catchy numbers like “I’ve Got My Whiskey I Don’t Need You” harken back to the band’s raucous beginnings on the dance floors of Maryland and Virginia. But songs like “I Learned I Was Wrong” belie an unexpected vulnerability and depth; listeners are surprised to find themselves with dewy eyes by the end of the show. “We grabbed the spinning world by its tail, we climbed on its back with our heards open wide,” croons Eliot Myhre in “Adventure Story”–and certainly, it’s clear that the band is unashamed to reach for what makes them joyful.
visit their website: http://www.bumperjacksons.com/