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.
“Take me back to the time when records were vinyl and you could feel the scratchiness of the music through your Victrola. It was the early days of rock and roll and blues mixed with just a bit of rockabilly. It was the music at the high school dances and visions of poodle skirts and saddle shoes and music you could swing to.” View full article
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
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.
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!
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!
Image from Stock Exchange Photo Sharing.
~Dick, Gretchen, Jason, Noah & Steve
The Juke Joint 5