Pickin' and grinnin'

Jugstaposition (Independent)

Juggernaut Jug Band

By Kory Wilcoxson

If the mention of "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas" starts you humming "Barbecue" or chuckling at the Riverbottom Nightmare Band, then you are a tailor-made fan for the Juggernaut Jug Band. Even if you have no idea who Emmet Otter is (shame on you!), you still need to hear Jugstaposition, simply because you'll walk away with a bigger smile on your face.

The JJB has been around in various incarnations for about 30 years, and anyone remotely familiar with the Louisville music scene knows the JJB's reputation for providing good music and a good time. That joyous feeling is captured well on Jugstaposition. The quartet - Gil Fish, Roscoe Goose, World Wide Webb and Big Daddy - throw a smorgasbord of musical styles and instruments into the pot and cook up a mighty tasty musical stew.

The band's throwback sound is in perfect harmony with the style made popular on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, which will hopefully be an avenue for the JJB to welcome new fans. First-timers will find a lot to their liking: the peppy "Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug," the sweet-sounding "Hamburger Pie" and even a creative rendition of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row," part of which is sung to the tune of "Ghostriders in the Sky."

Don't think for a second that there's anything gimmicky about the band's musical repertoire. The JJB is able to combine a freewheeling spirit and infectious looseness with seriously honed musical abilities. The result is a music experience that's not only fun, but is well done. It's refreshing to listen to a band of any musical style that can have this kind of serious fun.