Jug band and old timey is something that I associated with an old Disney movie or an era of the famous logo of a record player with a dog listening. Personally, it did not have much significance until I experienced The Crow Quill Night Owls.
Let’s time-travel back to when people washed their laundry with washboards using bar soaps in a steel bucket. Life was hard and every penny was something worth contemplating about. Naturally, downtime usually consisted of having some moonshine, gambling and singing tunes that made fun of their harsh reality for kicks. Women complained about men and their caveman behaviors. Men talked about women leaving them for another man such as their father…you get the picture.
The string band consisted of the guitar, banjo, harmonica and washtub bass, an upside down steel bucket with a string attached on a pole. They were charismatic and once they started playing, it was impossible to be still. Their silly and clever lyrics were timeless.
The Crow Quill Night Owls were not just a performance but a lifestyle. If you were to meet these band members in public, there is a high possibility that they are dressed how they are onstage. Each of their CD album covers are designed with their own illustration. The cd is plopped into a brown sack paper bag. Their involvement in all the details and reflecting the culture of their sound origins is way beyond most marketing consultant’s dream. They are authentic and their love for old stuff shines through each and every performance that is full of charm.
It’s funny how we think we have evolved over the years. People are creatures of habit; we haven’t changed much. We still stress about similar dynamics, just at a more accelerated pace and in a different context. This performance brought these contemplations to light.