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Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78 rpm records, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style.
The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy seven-piece band, with horns and pedal steel. They have been honored multiple times, including as Artists of the Year and Best Traditional Folk Band by the Washington Area Music Association; as Strathmore Artists in Residence; and as Touring Artists by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
From the banjos and pedal steel to the vintage style, it’s a modern roots band that makes audiences smile and forget about their troubles.
—Times Union (Albany, NY)
A heady brew of Western swing, country, and straight-up pre-war jazz.