Upcoming release

HBR0005 – Jim Kweskin


With great pleasure we give advance notice of Hornbeam’s next release which is scheduled for the Autumn of 2017. We’ll make it available for pre-order as soon as it’s ready (updates on our Facebook page).

As the folk renaissance of 1950s America impacted on popular music in the 1960s, jug bands became an important part of the transition. Key rock groups of the 60s and 70s began life as or were influenced by jug bands: The Grateful Dead, John Sebastian and the Lovin’ Spoonful, Country Joe & the Fish, The 13th Floor Elevators all took on the anarchic DIY freshness of the Jug, Jook or Spasm band. One of the first and most influential jug bands was formed by Jim Kweskin, from Boston. Jim recreated and modernised songs from the ’20s and ’30s and Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, featuring Maria and Geoff Muldaur, were on the brink of a real breakthrough before they disbanded in 1968*. Author and journalist Ed Ward put it this way: “The most important bands of the early 60s? Glad you asked: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, and The Jim Kweskin Jug Band. I’m perfectly serious.”

* There’s an excellent Greatest Hits album available on Ace Records entitled Acoustic Swing & Jug

HBR0005 packshot

Sleeve designed and hand-lettered by artist Ski Williams in collaboration with photographer Laurie Lewis.

Jim Kweskin and Sean Read

Mixing session with Sean Read at the
Famous Times Studio in London.

Jim is an interpreter of songs and Unjugged spotlights his ability to get to the centre of a lyric – even one written 80 years ago – and to extract its meaning and make it relevant to a new generation. While his influence on American music in the 60s is great (if little known) and his jug band continues to be an inspiration for modern folk musicians, it’s Jim’s way with a song that is his greatest legacy and the one that Hornbeam highlights here. So take it away Jim, unjugged……


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