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Lowdown Ramblers To Play Local Suds House
March 27, 2018
By Ace Carter
CLICK TO ENLARGE: The Lowdown Ramblers do their thing. Photo courtesy Lowdown Ramblers
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- The World Famous jug band The Lowdown Ramblers will play a gig in Snohomish this week.
The Lowdown Ramblers - Geoffrey Smith, Steve Meyers ,David (Clovis) Clay, and Ron Averill – will be juggin’ down at SnoTown Brewery, located at 511 - 2nd Street in Snohomish, Saturday night March 31st from 7 pm to 10 pm.
We have it on a good authority a grand time will be had by all (save for the odd malcontent).
A jug band, for those of you unaware, is one that has a jug player (as in a big empty jug that used to hold sour mash whiskey) and a mix of traditional and home-made instruments.
Those instruments can be ordinary objects adapted to, or modified for the making of sound, like the "washtub bass, washboard, spoons, bones (human or otherwise), brass knuckles, old lead-lined police “saps” like they used to use on hippies in the 60’s, stovepipes and comb & tissue paper (used to make a kazoo)," according to one published description.
The Ramblers are unique on many fronts in that regard in that they have constructed many of their own instruments from the disassembled then re-purposed pieces of a nuclear warhead that used to sit inside an ICBM (Intercontinental ballistic missile to you draft dodgers and peace-niks) that was buried for decades deep in a silo in North Dakota.
Where the band acquired such rare pieces of American military might is unknown but one of the many fun things those instruments bring to each show is that they glow at night under the low lights of a cabaret.
Evidently that’s the result of residual radiation left over from decades of sitting inside the old nuke in that silo just waiting for word from the Commander in Chief to launch and wipe out all the commies in Russia. (Ergo the old phrase, “Nuke em’ until they glow bro!”)
Just kidding about the band instruments being made from a nuke and the brass knuckles, human bones and police saps. Wanted to see if you were reading down this far.
And you were. So there ya go.