I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live At Audley Theatre by The Jake Leg Jug Band and it’s jammed full of hokum and rag style tunes. Opening with I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants In My Pants) featuring Jack Tasker on banjo and lead vocal, teamed with Duncan Wilcox on bass, Neil Hulse on guitar, Liam Ward on jug, Bryony Rose on washboard and backing vocal, and Alex Clarke on sax. On suggestive track, I Had To Give Up Gym, features Ward on vocal and harmonica with a light approach to the subject and with cool guitar soloing by Neil and sax by Alex. Slower paced, Fogyism features Bryony on lead vocal, bluesy harmonica work by Liam and cool clarinet answer by Alex. Cool, folksy Easy Ridin’ Mama is a good closer for disc one with the band singing background vocals, cool harmonica by Liam over Jack on banjo and overlying sax by Alex. Opening disc 2 is Caught Us Doing It another suggestive track with just the right amount of jazz. A swinging sax solo by Alex over Jacks’ mandolin work and a slick guitar solo by Neil makes this a great opener. One of my favorite tracks is My Pencil Won’t Write No More that I know from old Muddy Waters tapes but this is likely a more authentic track. With a warm clarinet harmony by Alex and blended vocals, a very cool track. Classic, St James Infirmary opens with Duncan on bass just giving an outline of the track. This is a really nice arrangement with Alex on clarinet soaring over the track and bluesy additions by Liam on harmonica. Very nice. A sultry lead vocal offering by Bryony on Sugar In My Bowl may be my favorite cover of this classic track with just the right amount of clarinet and sax by Alex. Wrapping the release is a rowdy cover of He’s In The Jailhouse Now. With everyone in perfect synch with just the right amount of New Orleans style jamming, this is a solid closer.
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