Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee

October 31, 2020
Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee

Forged on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the nineteenthcentury, jug band music was the early soundtrack for a new nation.Louisville was at the heart of it all.German and Irish immigrants, former slaves en route to Chicagoand homesteaders moving into the city created a fertile ground forthis new sound. Artists like Earl McDonald and his OriginalLouisville Jug Band made the city legendary. Some stayed in thisso-called money town, passing on licks and melodies that stillinfluence bands like the Juggernaut Jug Band.Tune in to Louisville’s jug band music history with local writerMichael Jones and discover a tradition that has left a long-lastingimpression on America’s musical culture.