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Jugmongers: Live At The Hootenanny

by Jugmongers

The best of a series of "live" stage performances led by rabble rouser corndog songwriter Judd Jugmonger, supported by his sweetheart, Jolene, and assorted Jugmonger kinfolk. Campy cornball country music at it's finest, and "that ain't no crock"!
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opening Stage Announcement (Cattle Call)
1:00 $0.99
2. Ya Can't Put That On A Stick
2:41 $0.99
3. At The Jobline
3:22 $0.99
4. What Will Become of Us
4:06 $0.99
5. The Outhouse Rag
2:32 $0.99
6. Don't Tread on Me
2:05 $0.99
7. I Love You Truly, Jolene
2:30 $0.99
8. Public Service Annoucement (Emma Jean's Brownies)
0:32 $0.99
9. Lectricfried Locomotive
2:13 $0.99
10. Halloween Hootenanny
2:13 $0.99
11. Roadkill
1:14 $0.99
12. The Crockpot Crockery Theme Song
1:25 $0.99
13. Send Us Your Money
4:05 $0.99
14. Don't Squirt On My Leg
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
A concept album to end all concept albums! (Album review by Dustin Z. Moon, Twirling Stoned Mojo Press)

When you first begin to listen to Jugmongers: Live At The Hootenanny, it seems to yield simple and unsophisticated musical offerings by a collection of relative unknowns. After a while, it dawns on you that this is no poor man's "Hee Haw" tribute and that irrelevance was never more irreverent (and relevant)!

The album is a cleverly planned ruse, folks. It sounds like a live album, even complete with slight imperfections inherent in most recorded live performances, but make no mistake, this is a concept album of magnus opus proportions. It boggles the mind that this may be chaos by design. In the spirit of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, and the Who's Tommy, the Jugmongers' Live At The Hootenanny defies the conventions of music and sound. By the time the two closing songs, Send Us Your Money and Don't Squirt On My Leg have played, you'll realize to your amusement you've been taken in... and have loved every moment of it. Moreover, you'll be humming the album's lyrical hooks and infectious rhythms for hours on end.

The album's front man is Judd Jugmonger, the supposed band leader and chief songwriter. Hailing from the Sunshine State, he is the aberration of Americana that only South Florida of old could give birth to. In songs like At the Jobline and Don't Squirt On My Leg, Judd Jugmonger feigns the working class hero, riling against the IRS and taxes, government, and economic recession. In others, he champions with relish the themes of every stereotypical redneck, hillbilly, hick, cracker and confederate rebel cliché imaginable. He is equal parts rabble rouser, social commentator and poet. At his best he displays shades of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Bob Dylan; at his worst he channels Little Jimmy Dickens, Homer and Jethro, June Carter and the entire cast of Hee Haw.

The supporting cast of Jugmongers: Live At The Hootenanny is lead by Jolene Jugmonger. On I Love You Truly, Jolene, Judd professes his love to this sweet darling who supports him throughout the album with her own unique vocals. Her corn syrupy sweetness is evident throughout the album as she sings with and backs Judd. Yet, on her solo, Don't Tread On Me, a pseudo feminist rocker, this little lady shows us she's her own woman and nobody's door mat! The album's backing musicians and vocalists suggest a plethora of Jugmonger kinfolk, including a cacophonous choir named the Swingin' Swiggers. Even the stage announcer, cousin "Nasty Jimmy", has something to offer. The album is produced by one Jay L. Schwartz, who also shares song writing credits with Judd Jugmonger. If this relative unknown is behind this concept album, he is, in my humble estimation, a master of illusion that rivals even the Wizard of Oz and David Copperfield.

The song offerings on the album are an original variety pack of classic campy country cornball goodness. It's self effacement in songs like Ya Can't Put That On A Stick, The Outhouse Rag, Roadkill and Halloween Hootenanny will leave you with a goofy and wry smile. The album also pays homage to the standards of classic country music. The interplay between Judd and Jolene on the over the top duet "What Will Become Of Us" and other songs brings to mind Johnny Cash & June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, and even Hank & Audrey Williams. The faux jingle The Crockpot Crockery Theme Song respectfully lampoons the bluegrass classic Martha White Theme. There is even the obligatory rail road song titled, Lectrifried Locomotive. This southern rock instrumental probably embodies the spirit of this album best as it deep fries a classic boom-chicka-boom train rhythm in "wah pedal" to the metal Telecaster gravy. Trust me, this is not your grandfather's Wabash Cannonball or Engine 143!

If you enjoyed trying to decipher the "Da Vinci Code", try listing the plethora of hat tips to modern musical lore - Woodstock, Pet Sounds, the Electric Dylan Controversy and Johnny Cash, just to name a few of the more obvious. If Einstein were alive today, I'm sure he would find the answer to E=mc2 in this recording. Ethnomusicologists and the Country Music Association should take note!

My recommendation: fork up the dough for this one, folks. Jugmongers: Live At The Hootenanny isn't a diamond pretending to be in the rough, it's the entire Emerald City!

Album Personnel:
Judd Jugmonger (Lead Vocals / Guitars / Harmonica)
Jolene Jugmonger (Vocals / Backing Vocals
Cousin Justin (Harmonica / Vocals)
Cousin Jeddidiah (Guitars / Nose Harp)
Cousin Janey (Percussion)
Cousin Gigu with a "J" (Fiddle)
The Swingin' Swiggers (Backing Vocals)
Various Jugmonger Kin (Judith, John, Jimbo et al)
Ms. Beasely (poor poor pitiful kitty cat)
Cousin "Nasty" Jimmy (Stage Announcer)

Mixed and Mastered at: The Katywonkered Café
Produced by: Jay L. Schwartz
All songs written by Judd Jugmongers & Jay L. Schwartz (ASCAP)
JUG001 © 2010, ELTzone Music



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