Outfit your band in the kitchen and hardware store
More affordable instruments were in order. Two of Mama's spoons, her washboard, a couple of dried bones from Sunday's rib dinner, and a freshly emptied jug of corn liquor. What you couldn't get from the kitchen, you were sure to find at the general store for a reasonable sum.
The Jaw Harp (or Jews Harp) is one of the oldest and most widespread of instruments. Metal Jaw Harps have been uncovered in historic excavations around the western world. The bamboo version is found throughout Asia and the South Pacific.
from Good Time Music - recorded at the National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Virginia, 1974
Bones were a readily available and popular rhythm and percussion instrument.
from The Best of Blind Blake - available from Yazoo
Washboard and Kazoo. Add a fine guitar player and you're ready for them up-town joints.
Now, knowing how much I enjoy a good jug band, I know a few of you out there are wondering why I didn't post any jug. I've got a good excuse. I ain't quite emptied this one yet!