Within an American musical landscape cluttered by synthesized pop songs using auto-tuned vocals, electronic percussion and sophomoric lyrics, it is refreshing to find bands that play from the heart with instruments that invite everyone along for the ride.
A band called the Jug or Nots manages to bring both the simple instrumentation and American roots music to a generation unaware of the basis of the music they enjoy. I caught the Jug or Nots at LaBrie’s Lounge in Glendale recently and was blown away by the authenticity, whimsy and general fun real American music can provide.
As another attendee said, “It’s impossible to walk out of that show without a smile.” Since I was grinning from ear to ear, I couldn’t disagree.
The acoustics at LaBrie’s definitely added to the experience. According to Jug or Nots member Dave “OD” Aaron, “It was the first time we actually heard ourselves in a live environment.” I can concur with that. The audience was treated to hearing each instrument clearly and enjoying the show as it was intended.