The Electric Rag Band

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The Electric Rag Band takes an electric rock trio format to deliver '20s and '30s ragtime and country-blues material. They deserve a lot of credit for unearthing such gems and enlivening them. Roughly half of the selections are originals very much in the tradition of the Electric Rag Band's inspirations and similarly styled. Otherwise, recordings made by Blind Blake account for three of the tracks, while Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie McTell, Casey Bill Weldon, Scott Joplin, and Blind Boy Fuller balance the material through named recordings of the late '20s and '30s. The Electric Rag Band admits they took "considerable liberties with the lyrics and musical content." These are in no way purist covers, but electrified and animated celebrations of two of America's richest musical traditions. Claiming to be "where the '20s and '30s meet the '90s," the Electric Rag Band succeeds through their enthusiasm and respect as a post-rock, juke-joint band.