Jim Kweskin Enduring Legend
Updated: Sep 23, 2019
Folk and Jug Band Legend
Now Booking 2020 Festival & Venue Appearances
With four recent, critically-acclaimed CD releases and an active touring calendar, Jim Kweskin is filling seats looking for festival appearances!
"Kweskin changed the very definition of folk music." - The Saratogian
Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, gaining national prominence with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the '60s. Kweskin created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz.
"...Still a masterful guitarist and storyteller... effortless, gently driving finger-picking style..." - Robin Denislow, The Guardian
Kweskin has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.
“Mr. Kweskin’s music is a blend of blues, jug music, rhythm & blues and jazz – rag-timey stompdown party music.”
- Alex Ward, New York Times
In recent years, Jim Kweskin has toured theaters across the US, Canada, and Japan with collaborators including Geoff Muldaur, Happy Traum, Samoa Wilson, Meredith Axelrod, and more.
"Jim Kweskin continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like “Some Of these Days” and “Exactly Like You” is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is." - Nat Hentoff
Now booking festival appearances for 2020
Jim Kweskin is currently booking appearances for 2020. Jim is available for solo appearances or with collaborators that include both folk legends and rising stars: Geoff Muldaur, Happy Traum, Samoa Wilson, Meredith Axelrod, Suzy Thompson, Juli Crockett, or a small band of outstanding musicians.
Steve Fugett Road Warrior Agency firstname.lastname@example.org 615-852-5508
"Kweskin virtually single-handedly created what was a significant musical genre in the USA in the early 1960s... Unjugged is an album that may surprise some but should also open doors for many to the power and beauty of traditional, old-school folk music delivered by an absolute master of the genre." - Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine
Select video samples below of Jim performing solo, duo with Geoff Muldaur, Meredith Axelrod, Happy Traum, Samoa Wilson, and with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.
Live session at Paste Studios (New York, New York), 04/19/2017.
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
Acoustic Guitar Sessions "99-Year Blues" & "Sweet to Mama"
Jim Kweskin & Band Festival Folk sur le Canal "Rag Mama"
Jim Kweskin with The October Boys Live From Here "Blues in the Bottle"
Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson
Tompkins Cultural Center for the Arts "Diamond Joe"
Jim Kweskin Jug Band Rhythm & Roots Festival "Boodle Am Shake"
Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod Palms Playhouse "Frankie & Johnny"
Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum
McCabes Guitar Center
"Sitting On Top Of The World"