Formed in the USA in 1963, the True Endeavor Jug Band was created to capture a prevailing trend in folk music circles. Inspired by the Even Dozen Jug Band and Jim Kweskin, producer Samuel Charters (guitar/jug/vocals) brought together Danny Kalb (guitar/banjo), Artie Traum (guitar/banjo/vocals), Artie Rose (violin), Ann Charters (washboard) and Sita Dimitroff (vocals) for the group’s only release. The Art Of The Jug Band recreated the style of notable 20s act Clifford Hayes’ Dixieland Jug Blowers with considerable skill, but the True Endeavor Band was always regarded as a temporary affair and its members soon separated. Sam Charters joined Kalb in the New Strangers, after which Kalb formed the Blues Project. Charters later became a renowned musicologist while his wife, Ann, wrote an acclaimed biography of ‘Beat’ novelist Jack Kerouac. Artie Traum later made several excellent records in partnership with his brother, Happy Traum.
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