Sounds of Virginia: New Roanoke Jug Band
New Roanoke Jug Band
"When My Time On Earth Is Done"
The New Roanoke Jug Band pays homage to the great musicians of the past with more than just their name. These guys have a real passion for traditional music that comes through in their new CD, ”When My Time On Earth Is Done”.
Hailing from an area with such a long, rich musical history, NRJB has embraced that tradition and made it their own. Their influences are varied, but lean more toward the music of Will Shade & the Memphis Jug Band than it does the original Roanoke Jug Band. Yes, they’ve got a jug blower, earning the right to call themselves a jug band. In fact, you’ll hear jug, washboard, and kazoo on this tasty CD.
The New Roanoke Jug Band is comprised of the core duo of Scott Baldwin (guitar, slide guitar, jug, banjo and vocals) and Jay Griffin (fiddle, washboard, kazoo, and vocals). The band has recently gone through some personnel changes, and the current members compliment each other well, making for some wonderful arrangements that come together naturally yet still retains that porch pickin’ flavor. Rounding out the NRJB sound are; Andrew Thomas (bass, accordion, and backing vocals), Jeff Hoffman (bowed double bass – an unexpected addition that adds an awesome effect to “Rock Me Chariot”), and Sam Lunsford (banjo, guitar, harmonica, and percussion).
The band touts the new CD as the “first ever jug band gospel CD”. It’s hard to argue with that claim, but their interpretation of gospel is a bit loose. The liner notes say “The songs on this album explore life’s ultimate question from different perspectives. They express the full range of human emotions: hope and faith, doubt and regret, resignation and fear, and even defiant disbelief.” The selection of songs is both eclectic and satisfying, NRJB have done their research and handpicked songs that fit the theme of the CD as expressed in the statement above. There is an incredible variety of music here, from raw, almost primitive a cappella spiritual and jubilant tent revival gospel to remorseful country blues.
Speaking of liner notes, the packaging of ”When My Time On Earth Is Done” is very nicely done. Pleasing to the eye and includes a six page booklet describing each song, its history, and the reason it was included.
”When My Time On Earth Is Done” has not left my CD player since it arrived last week, and has made it impossible for anyone hearing it to sit still. Now, I won’t claim that it cured that nasty cold I had, but I’ll have to admit that I have felt much better with each listen.
Lord I Don’t Want to Die in The Storm
Ain’t Gonna Lay My Armor Down
Woke Up This Morning
Jugband Prayer of Death
When I Get Home I’m Gonna Be Satisfied
Man of Constant Sorrow
Thou Carest Lord
I Shall Not Be Moved
Wish I’d-a Heard ‘Em
In That Morning
Rock Me Chariot
Be Ready When the Bridegroom Comes
I’ll Be Rested
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New Roanoke Jug Band – “When My Time On Earth Is Done” is available from County Sales.
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