Bumper Jacksons Return to Long Island

On Saturday, November 7thBumper Jacksons, a DC-based Americana/swing group, will be the featured artists during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington.  Now in its 47th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council.

Like an old time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart and gets your feet jumping.  With three recent Washington Area Music Awards and many dozens of jubilant live shows under their collective belt, they’ve produced their second album, Too Big World, a sweetly balanced collection of hot swing numbers, heartbreak ballads, and late-night moonshine foot-stompers.
The Bumper Jacksons began humbly as a passionately driven project by the band’s two songwriters, Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley, who shared a common love for the old sounds.  Jess, a New Orleans-inspired clarinetist and vocalist, traded tunes and dance moves with the biblically-bearded Chris, an old time banjo player and guitarist.  The Bumper Jacksons started as an experiment in pushing the sonic limits of country two-steps and waltzes… but that doesn’t capture the breadth of raw human emotion that the band has been able to evoke with their craft.

With the release of their last album, ‘Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In’ in 2014, the Bumper Jacksons grew into a powerhouse sextet and proved their mettle as a band that could fill up a dance floor and break hearts in the same set.  That album also earned them the honors of ‘Best Traditional/Folk Band’ and ‘Best Traditional/Folk Album’ by the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards.

‘Too Big World’ dives deeper into the traditions they draw from, as well as into the souls of the songwriters Jess and Chris.  They’ve raised the ceiling on the energy they can dish out with songs like ‘Watch It Skinny Woman’ and ‘I’ve Got My Whiskey’.  Likewise, they’ve found more ethereal vulnerability in such songs as ‘Adventure Story’ or ‘I Learned I Was Wrong’… the latter being a return to the group’s early days as a stripped-down duo.

The Bumper Jacksons are not just the songwriters Jess and Chris, but include an amazingly talented group of gents.  A rock solid rhythm section (Alex Lacquement – upright bass, Dan Cohan – The Suitcase, Chris Ousley – guitar, tenor banjo, Dan Samuels – Kit Drum) drives a strikingly dynamic pedal steel (Dave Hadley) and a rocking horn section (Jess Eliot Myhre – clarinet, Brian Priebe – trombone).  The combination of these elements sets the stage for the shining star of this sonic landscape:  Jess’s roaring vocals that instantly pull the ear back to a 1920’s bar room, turning on a dime from soft and tender to ferocious.

This is a truly Americana sound that grabs at your soul and connects you with over 150 years of human passion.  If you’ve got lips, they’ll smile… if you’ve got feet, they’ll dance… if you’ve got a heartbeat, it’ll quicken… all when you hear the sounds of the Bumper Jacksons.

DATE:  Saturday, November 7th
VENUE:  Congregational Church of Huntington
ADDRESS:  30 Washington Dr.  Centerport, NY 11746
SHOW TIME: 8:30pm show, 7:30 open mic
TICKETS:  $20 FMSH member/$25 non-member; credit card online only; cash or check at door
EVENT INFO:  http://fmsh.org/events/event/bumper-jacksons/  (631) 425-2925
ARTIST INFO:  www.bumperjacksons.com
Christine Gerani

Christine Gerani

Editor of SpotOnMagazine at SpotOnMagazine
Christine Gerani is the Editor of Long Island’s SpotOnMagazine, a website dedicated for lovers of Food, Booze and Music! She's interviewed everyone from Grammy winners to Reality Stars and is Executive Producer of "Bites & Booze with Matthew Kourie." Before that, Christine was a session singer and sang backup for Long Island Pop Star Debbie Gibson. She's performed at countless venue’s including Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum and Wembley Stadium in England. She's recently been a judge at the Long Island Horseradish Festival and was lead judge at the My Country 96.1 Next Big Country Star! For the second year in a row she has been a "WingMan" for New York Best Wings Festival.
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