Nice article on the JJ5

Howdy JJ5 fans! We wanted to share a lovely article on the band by Amy Nachbar of We hope you enjoy it! Check it out here:

Cover art by Heather Balchunas

Cover art by Heather Balchunas


Driving the Juke Joint Trail

Saw this great article on juke joints in The New York Times and wanted to share with our fans. Dick and Gretchen of the Juke Joint 5 have both played at Red’s in Clarksdale, Mississippi–in fact, Dick is part of the house band there whenever he is in town and is good friends with owner, Red Paden. What a great experience to be able to play in one of the last surviving juke joints in this country. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a juke joint, here are some of the places you can still visit. View full article here.

Photo on submitted by Mark B.

Photo on submitted by Mark B.


Happy birthday to “The Poet.”

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone. Did you know today is a very special day not only for the reason that 2012 is ending and a new year is about to begin, but because it was the day our fearless leader and band co-founder, Dick “The Poet” Lourie was born. That’s right, 75 years ago today, the world gained a musical talent, amazing sax player and fantastic person. Dick is a musical inspiration to us and his knowledge of the blues and its roots is incredible. Dick played with Big Jack Johnson in his band for many years and is well-known in Clarksdale, Miss as he travels there often and plays at Red’s Juke Joint. Dick is also an accomplished poet and author. We encourage you to purchase his book and companion CD “If the Delta Was The Sea,” and listen to the wisdom of the Poet. He has taught us so much and we are so lucky to have him as part of our family. So raise a glass today and toast Dick “The Poet” Lourie. Happy 75th, Dick! We love you!
~Jason, Silvertone Steve, Noah & Gretchen

Photo of Dick Lourie, sax

Photo by JimDad Kenney

Recording/New Year’s Eve

What a great December we’ve had! It’s not over yet though! On Saturday, December 22, we’re excited to be going into the studio to record our new CD with the help of engineer extraordinaire, Jett Galindo. If you’ve been jonesing for new Juke Joint 5 music (we sure have), stay tuned so you can get our CD when it’s done. We’ll keep you posted on the progress and let you know as soon as it’s available to buy.

Photo of fireworks

Fireworks! (Photo by Gretchen Bostrom)

We’re also very excited to be opening for Grammy award nominee, Shemekia Copeland, on New Year’s Eve at the Bull Run in Shirley, MA. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a most memorable night of music. What better way to ring in the New Year than with some kickass music!

To get tickets to the Bull Run for New Year’s Eve, please visit:

Happy holidays to you and yours!

A Thanksgiving Message To Our Fans

The Juke Joint 5 would like to take a moment to say “thank you” to all of our fans for “liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, coming to our shows, helping to spread the word about our music, and for just being wonderful people. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey candle

Image from Stock Exchange Photo Sharing.

~Dick, Gretchen, Jason, Noah & Steve
The Juke Joint 5

Smoken’ Joe’s Smash!

Man! What a night we had at Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ on Friday, Oct. 19. We had a full house and MANY great musicians stopped by & played with us in the 2nd set. It was quite the jam! Joining us were Steve Tashjian on sax, Lawrence Terry on sax, Ed Scheer on drums, Sir Cecil on drums, Big Jack Ward on guitar, Zoran Matich on guitar, Stephanie Wieseler on sax, Bismo Beerbelly on harp, Lisa Marie on vocals and last but not least, Chris and Ilanga of the legendary G Clefs! Many of our fans who live in other states were able to tune in online to see the show. We received many compliments on how fun the show was. You’ll have to make sure you come out and see us at Smoken’ Joe’s on January 18, 2013. Mark your calendars for another awesome night of music to come!

Silvertone Steve & Ilanga from the G Clefs.

Silvertone Steve & Ilanga from the G Clefs. Photo by Noah Teshu.