Smut City Jellyroll Society

The Smut City Jellyroll Society is a wild and crazy bunch of fun loving musicians playing blues and early jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. With a unique sound somewhere between ragtime blues, early jazz and jugband music, the Jellyroll Society keeps it loose and lively with a driving syncopated swing that gets the dancers out on the floor. The music is from a variety of sources: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller and others. The Society also has a couple of original tunes in the repertoire with more on the way. The lyrics are fun and a bit on the risqué side. Smut City Jellyroll Society plays shows at some of the finest venues in town and is available for private events and swing dances.

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Email Doug Shafer for booking info.


Track Listing:

  1. Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody My Jellyroll
  2. One of Us Had to Go
  3. Walkin’ Down Mississippi Avenue
  4. Kitchen Man
  5. Everybody Loves My Baby
  6. Moppin’ It Up
  7. St. James Infirmary
  8. Don’t Do It
  9. Let’s Get Drunk Again
  10. Egyptian Ella
  11. That Would Be Wrong
  12. Smut Strut
  13. I Ain’t Sorry, I Ain’t Sad

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Dramatis Personae:  The lineup is somewhat flexible. Listed below are folks who have performed with the Society:

Doug Shafer – guitar, vocals, Bambazoo kazoo
Chelsea Barnes – vocals, Bambazoo
Charles Pike – drums, vocals, washboard
Shoehorn Conley – tap dancing, harmonica, sax, vocals
Bernardo Gomez – bass
Paul Evans – soprano sax, melodica, piano, vocals
Jim Delaney – bass, vocals
Russell Gores – bass, drums, vocals
Andrew Alikhanov – clarinet
Ralph Carney – horns, hijinks
Leon Cotter – saxophone, clarinet
James Cook – bass