Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Bumper Jacksons - Bum-per Jack-suns
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Story behind your band/artist name: Jess and I started out traveling together across the southern US to where the music was, hunkering down for a while in each place and trying to learn from the source. We found ourselves doing just this in SW Louisiana, and were staying at the time with the Jackson family. They had a small rice farm with an inlaw suite out back and cheap rent. Well, we'd go into Lafayette, Baton Rouge and/or New Orleans to see bands and come home and play their tunes in our little cabin and their big black lab named Bumper would come on out and howl along to Jess's clarinet. So our duo became a trio, and since Bumper was by far the best vocalist of the three, he was deemed the bandleader and front-dog. When we left the farm and went back up north to Appalachia, we had to leave Bumperbehind... but as Levon Helms & Co did with Bob Dylan, we fashioned a band name in reference to the previous employment: The Bumper Jacksons' Band, which over time, and via lingual laziness, became Bumper Jacksons.
Band Members: Jess Eliot - clarinet, washboard, lead/harmony vox. Chris - guitars, banjo, lead/harmony vox. Alex - upright bass, harmony vox. Dan Samuels - drums. Joe - trumpet. Brian - trombone. Dave 'Duckpin' Hadley - pedal steel.
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : All of it? Chris (who's writing this) is 4 generations deep in DC (great grandfather emigrated from germany in the 1910s and was the upright bassist in the white house band and clarinetist in the marine band). Jess & Chris own a house in Brentwood, Joe lives in Southeast, Brian lives in Cheverly, MD. The others are Baltimoreans.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. We did this thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq9Q7uy_51I
2. I like to repeat the 4 generations part and relate stories about the Great Grandpa Franz Xavier Schumm I got from my grandma, like how GG Schumm played jazz bass on U street when the clubs were first popping up and in the same ones as jelly roll morton and duke ellington. Also, my grandma has stories about how it was her job to go downstairs and clean beer bottles for refilling, bc being German, ol Franz didn't take heed to prohibition and by doing so, became very popular amongst his musician buddies. This was not at all appreciated by the chief bottle washer, who had her workload nearly tripled between 1920 and 1933.
3. square dances were seriously how we paid the bills early on in this project. This was pre-horn section Bumper J's. DC's actually got the largest one in the US at themoment, thanks to the DC Square Dance Collective.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
Official Website URL: www.bumperjacksons.com
Facebook URL: facebook.com/bumperjacksons
iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bumper-jacksons/id876421905
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4orJo2KYI4j5rBsD7mAboN
Other Links: youtube.com/bumperjacksons
@bumperjacksons (twitter & instagram)
Main Genre: Country
Other Genres: Americana (its becoming what legit country artists are calling themselves to separate from big budget pop country on the radio that everyone hates) (its also what we'd call our main genre), jazz, trad jazz, old time, bluegrass, folk, swing, blues