Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Country swing, old-time blues, brassed-up bluegrass – these high-spirit wonders do it all. Powerhouse vocals are flanked by a dexterous pedal steel and a brassalicious horn section, all supported by dynamic drums and bass. An elegant balance between paying homage to traditions and fashioning their own unique, playful style, it’s a truly Americana sound that grabs at your soul and connects you with over 150 years of human passion.
The group began as a duo – a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley and, in five short years, grew to a brassy seven-piece, with horns and pedal steel. They have been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” and “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
“Their hellacious devil music will make you get up and dance!” — Huffington Post
“Bumper Jacksons bring sexy back for back alley jazz.” – The Alternate Route
“Irresistible oldtimey toe-tapping music … It’s a party in a box.” — New York Music Daily