You read that right. Band practice.
I’m in a band – Alice Chalmers and the Stick a Cork in Your Jug Band.
An all-woman jug band. [insert your jug jokes here]
We need Cliff to pull us around with Spooky Old Allis.
There are seven of us. Five are actual musicians, one is quickly picking up the washtub bass and then there is me - playing percussion on an old typewriter – with a wooden spoon.
I’ve dated musicians and band practice always seemed like a mysterious event, and often-unhappy one.
Would you like a breakdown of our band practice?
I’m sure they’re all like this one.
We started out with root-beer floats, cherry pie and complimenting each other’s makeup and instruments.
The moment practice started you could tell it was going to be a wonderful experience.
Beautiful four-part harmonies and gorgeous music.
Cara Jean Wahlers put the group together – she has an amazing voice and plays guitar, bass, accordion and whatever else she puts her mind to.
Stasia Demos Mills also has a marvelous voice and plays just about any instrument she lays her hands on.
Joni Back-Bubenzer plays ukulele like a rock star. And writes like one too.
Holly Jae Smith plays violin and sings like an angel.
Jude O’Dell is a marvelous singer, plays banjo and guitar and has a wealth of musical knowledge and a brain for old-timey songs. See her amazing clay work here.
Tammy Lieber plays washtub bass. I was not familiar with the instrument; it is an upside down washtub, a stick and a long string. The string makes a delightfully deep sound when plucked.
It took me a while to find the sound in the typewriter, but with coaching from Jude and wooden spoons from Cara we discovered some fun sounds.
I mostly just giggled about how remarkable the evening was.
Our first gig is at the Indiana State Fair, Tuesday, August 10, noon - 2:00, Pioneer Village. Check it out on facebook here.