I have talked about the revival of interest in Old Time music in the 1970's and the renewed interest in recent years in this space many times. The rural music of the Gay Nineties and early Twentieth Century hold a special interest in my musical world. It was the blending and experimentation of that period that shaped the music we have today. The Blues, Tin Pan Alley, early Jazz, Old Time, Minstrel, and the music of the Medicine Shows are the foundation that Rock and Country music were built on.
Much of the music of that pivotal point in American musical history was full of life and fun. You can hear it on those old Edison cylinders and early wax records. The energy and good times preserved for our enjoyment many decades later. The fun-loving bass and tuba-playing Mark Rubin was a founding member of the off-the-wall band Bad Livers and plays Klezmer with several Yiddish outfits. Together with brothers Jere and Greg Canote and W. B. Reid form the Bing Bang Boys. The liner notes on their CD, "I'm Feelin' Good", say they "...explore the eccentric side of old-time music with a unique selection of song, rags, blues, and stomps featuring banjos of all sizes, fiddle, cello, tuba, and harmonica." It sounds like they had a good time recording this CD and it's hard not to be drawn into their jovial, sometimes wacky world.
Bing Bang Boys - "I'm Feelin' Good" can be had at CD Baby.