Jim Kweskin "Folk Music Legend"
Jim Kweskin is available for a solo show. He may also be available for duo shows with Meredith Axelrod, Geoff Muldaur, Samoa Wilson, Happy Traum and others. Please contact us for more details.
Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA:
*Sept 2016 duo release Penny's Farm spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Folk Charts* "There are only a handful of people who molded the early folk scene in America at the start of the '60s. And surely one is Jim Kweskin." - Bentley's Bandstand, The Morton Report, 2016 In the 1960s Jim Kweskin led the groundbreaking Jug Band, admired and imitated by everyone from folk and blues musicians to rockers like the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Grateful Dead. They had Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company) and Linda Ronstadt (with The Stone Ponys) as opening acts. Bob Dylan co-billed with Kweskin in Greenwich village. Kweskin's band played blues and ragtime, good time jazz and novelties, reaching back to the roots of American music: field recordings from the Library of Congress and the rural artists reissued in the 1950s on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. Kweskin played alongside masters like Mississippi John Hurt, Sippie Wallace, Maybelle Carter, and Clayton McMichen, artists who grew up in times and places where this music was an integral part of their communities. Since this auspicious start, Kweskin continues to break ground with his incredible guitar work and vocals, while keeping American music traditions vibrant. He has toured and recorded with long-time friends and collaborators (among them, Jug Band co-founders Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, and Bill Keith) as well as newer faces in the folk world (Samoa Wilson, Meredith Axelrod, Juli Crockett). As Kweskin says,“We are the elders now, whether we want to be or not. And we like a lot of different styles, and play a lot of different things, but we feel like we have a duty to introduce younger people to this music, to keep the tradition alive.”