Come One Come All! If you want to know how people were entertained 100-150-200 or more years ago, Buttermilk Junction is the band to hire. A living-history band, we do a variety of "folk" styles: American fiddle & banjo tunes, Celtic/Irish music from the "old country", early blues and cakewalks, parlor ballads from the Victorian era, Civil War songs, Cajun music, and more. And on authentic instruments from the past: fiddles, guitars, banjos, concertina, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimers (both hammer and lap-type), whistles, harmonicas, washboards, bodhran, etc. The program has completely public domain content and is morally good.
Price Range: Negotiable
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, A Tune Or Two In Cajun French
What to Expect
Stepping out of H. G. Wells' "Time Machine"-- period clothes and instruments to suit the period music we'll play, that's what you can expect.
Expect the members to switch instruments too. Most of us will play more than one, just whatever the song calls for and the mood we're in.
Once again, if you were living out in the country (or in town) in 1880 and travelled to the nearest neighbor five miles away or around the corner, to hear the local band play, that's what Buttermilk Junction is re-creating.
Buttermilk Junction started back when America was still young and named themselves after a famous battle between Union and Railroad Management in what's now Ft. Worth TX...which took place same day as the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Oh well, it's a swell name for a band anyhow.
To keep from aging, we keep playing the old music. Hope it works, you decide.
We're available for civic events, museums and other historical locations, private affairs and parties. We shy away from sinful activities though--we don't want our instruments to encounter any danger.
Our lineup fluctuates from about 4 members up to as many as 10, just depends on who can show up. We also encourage anyone in the audience to join in if they bring their own instrument or want to try one of ours...provided they know something about playing one!
Additional Booking Notes
We're mostly acoustic--but on occasion have a vintage 1925 era microphone and small lunchbox amp...or amps made of cigar boxes. If dealing in futuristic modern day "Fender" amps or sound systems of your choice, we may just need a good electrical outlet. Please discuss this with us in advance so we can arrive prepared. We do have some of our own new-fangled equipment.
Original versions of "Yellow Rose of Texas", "Streets Of Laredo", "Waiting For the Federals (Seneca Square Dance)" "Days of '49" "I'm Henery the 8th I Am", plus other favorites like "St. James Infirmary", "Arkansas Traveler", "What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor", "Deep Ellum Blues", "Dixie's Land", "Scotland the Brave", "Shenandoah", "Shove That Pig's Foot Into The Fire", "Rakes of Mallow" "Speed the Plow" ,"South Wind", "Lorena", "Oh Susanna" and much more. We usually have binders full of tunes and take requests.
Influences & Inspiration
Every artist from 1925 and earlier influenced us. If you want to look to a contemporary/recent band/artist similar to Buttermilk Junction, perhaps the Carolina Chocolate Drops...Leon Redbone...New Lost City Ramblers...Blowzabella....not too many doing what we do.
Maybe an electrical Outlet. See last paragraph.