Ol' Snakey's Bluejass Ramblers

Snakey's Rant

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That three members of Davis, CA's Mad Cow String Band moonlight in Ol' Snakeys is cause to listen. Them Cows are an entertainingly loose modern jug band, and given their covers of Bill Monroe and Django Reinhardt (among others), it figures they'd give similar treatment to bluegrass. Which they do, with equal measure of Monroe's pickin' Appalachian accents and Reinhardt's gypsy roots, and great cornpone fiddlin' (some mandolin and accordion, too). It's an easygoing, unfastened jumble of 100 years of Southeastern Mountain music, a poor-man's hootenanny, O Brother Where Art Thou? style. But it's not stuffy classicism; their hearts are equally in ‘40s country swing (a dance through Red Foley's "Tennessee Saturday Night") and ‘30s jazz-R&B (covers of the brilliant Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" -- sans vocal -- and Louis Jordan's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby!). Yee-haw!

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