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Thursday, November 27, 2008

"What's the Matter" Memphis Jugband Song performed by the Hokum Scorchers

Image of the Memphis Jug Band from R. Crumb's "Heroes of the Blues" trading cards. LINK

This Hokum Scorchers' song is a version of "What's the Matter"originally done by the Memphis Jug Band in 1929. Lou Reimuller is playing the National guitar, kazoo and vocals and I am on the washboard, kazoo and vocals. We recorded this in 1990 for our first Hokum Scorcher's album. Hokum Scorchers are now on myspace, so follow this link to hear the song,
plus 5 more:

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Hokum Scorchers' version of the "Jackson Stomp"

"Feed the Kitty" sculpture by artist Amy Crehore - used for the Hokum Scorcher's tip jar

I just changed the song on my website player. Listen to the "Jackson Stomp" performed by Lou Reimuller of The Hokum Scorchers. This is Charlie McCoy's arrangement that he recorded in 1930 with Walter Vinson as the Mississippi Mud Steppers (C. Davenport tune - "Cow Cow Blues"). Read more about Charie McCoy here and on Big Road Blues blog.

Lou Reimuller recorded this amazing song using a National mandolin and a National guitar in 1992. (The Hokum Scorchers put this song on their "Feed the Kitty" tape.)
Follow this link and scroll down for song:

Song has changed by the time you read this. Every Sunday, a new song is uploaded on my website player.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Photosculpture of the Hokum Scorchers in Los Angeles by Mark Lowrie

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Photosculpture of Hokum Scorchers Band Copyright Mark Lowrie
Mark Lowrie makes the coolest photosculptures! He came to my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" gallery show last year in Los Angeles and he took a series of photos of my band, The Hokum Scorchers, playing music at the opening. As you can see, Lou Reimuller is playing a banjo-uke and I am playing the washboard. My fine art paintings and my painted ukes hang to the side of us and behind us. This image shows just a small corner of my entire solo show which featured a total of 15 oil paintings and 13 painted antique ukuleles. Mark made this wonderful photosculpture with the photos he took that night.
See more of Mark's amazing art here:
Listen to the Hokum Scorchers band here. And on my website.
Mark documented my entire "Dreamgirls and Ukes" art show with his photos!: LINK
Thanks again Mark! It really meant a lot to me to have you there.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Memphis Jug Band Song by the Hokum Scorchers

Memphis Jug Band
National mandolin style one 1930
National plectrum style one 1928
"You May Go, but This Will Bring You Back", was originally done by the Memphis Jug Band in 1930. The Hokum Scorchers' version has Lou playing a vintage National mandolin. I am playing a National plectrum guitar. The actual instruments we used are shown in these photos. We recorded this song in 1995 for our Yanna's Donut tape.
Listen to "You May Go" here:

Also, my website has couple more tunes (scroll down):
MUSIC of The Hokum Scorchers Band
The Art of Amy Crehore

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hokum Music & Comic Art

Comic book cover by Amy Crehore 1984

The link wasn't working this morning so I deleted my blog post from yesterday. But, it seems to be working now, so here it is again -a link to thumbnails of Yazoo album covers and comic covers mostly by Robert Armstrong and R. Crumb. It's a picture search for Hokum Boy's music. You will see a little thumbnail of "Boys and Girls Grow Up" comic book cover, also, with a little blurb about my Hokum Scorchers band if you mouse over it. (refresh the page if link page doesn't show thumbnails right away)
Here's another link about HOKUM BOYS . Musictonic looks like a very nice website.
Read also wikipedia's article on Hokum .
The Hokum Scorchers (and Lou Reimuller's earlier band,The Fabulous Daturas) did play some Hokum Boy's music. Wikipedia mentions the Hokum Boys in this article. Here's a link to a pre-war hokum-style tune played by the Hokum Scorchers (this one is by Papa Charlie Jackson, however).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hokum Scorchers Perform Papa Charlie Jackson Song

Papa Charlie Jackson painting by Amy Crehore
Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore in The Hokum Scorchers band.

Listen to The Hokum Scorchers playing a Papa Charlie Jackson song
Click here: "Papa Do Do Do"

This song is from 1929. The Scorchers recorded it in 1995. Lou is playing the guitar banjo and I am playing the washboard. I think I may have blogged this song already...back in January.

I try to switch songs every Sunday nite to a new song and leave it up for a week. Sometimes I forget.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pick Poor Robin Clean performed by The Hokum Scorchers

Listen to Luke Jordan's "Pick Poor Robin Clean" (a song from 1927). Lou Reimuller guitar/ kazoo, Amy Crehore washboard/kazoo. Recorded by The Hokum Scorchers in 1990.
The Hokum Scorchers channel on soundcloud with free downloads.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Let's Get Drunk Again- performed by The Hokum Scorchers

The Hokum Scorchers at my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" gallery show.
(Photo taken by Mark Lowrie 2009 at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles)

"Let's Get Drunk Again" (song by Bo Chatmon 1938). This is a 1990 tape recording- Hokum Scorchers. Lou plays National guitar, Amy Crehore (me) on washboard w/cups.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NEW: Gweek 014 Podcast and The Hokum Scorchers

Gweek is Boing Boing’s cool new podcast about "comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat stuff". Here’s the lineup for episode 14 .
You can hear my band, The Hokum Scorchers (Amy Crehore and Lou Reimuller), playing a version of "You May Go", a Memphis Jug Band song (more details here) toward the end (56:30) of the new episode of Gweek 014.
Above is a detail of my painting "The Angel at Gossamer Creek". Links to blues, rags and jug band songs performed by The Hokum Scorchers (recorded in the 1990s) can be found here. (boingboing recently blogged ten songs).
Thank you Mark Frauenfelder of BOINGBOING.
Be sure to check out ALL the episodes of Gweek (free on itunes).

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Let Me Play With Your Poodle" performed by the Hokum Scorchers

Someone was just saying on boingboing (in the comments section) that the song "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" is the dirtiest little ditty ever.
So, I changed the song on my website player to "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" by Hudson Woodbridge (a.k.a. Tampa Red) 1942. My band, The Hokum Scorchers, recorded this song in 1992 for our "Feed the Kitty" album. Lou plays the National guitar and we both sing. The poodle double entendre could go either way - male or female. In the old photo above, Lou seems to be sporting some sort of "poodle hair" (photo taken at Ken Kesey's house). Have a listen here:
(scroll down for music player)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

"I Got Your Ice Cold NuGrape" performed by the Hokum Scorchers

Okay, this song is a jingle written for a brand of soda that came out in 1921 called NuGrape. The Hokum Scorchers are both singing with Lou playing the National guitar (the NuGrape Twins did the original version). Lou and I recorded this in 1995 for our "Yanna's Donut" tape.
Have a listen and find out "what makes your lips go flippity-floppa" in 1926: Hokum Scorchers
(follow this link and scroll down for music player)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hokum Scorchers' Songs

Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore- The Hokum Scorchers Band
I finally added 4 more Hokum Scorchers songs to my myspace music/art profile for a total of ten songs:
Have a listen.These were all recorded in the 1990's. We rarely play gigs anymore, the last one being the opening of my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" art show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, CA last February. Thanks, again Thinkspace! It was truly a night to remember.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Hokum Scorchers to Play Music at Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles Feb 13, 2009

The Hokum Scorchers will play live music at 9pm on Feb 13th, 2009 during the opening ceremony for "Dreamgirls and Ukes" (7-11pm), my solo show at Thinkspace Gallery in Los
Follow this link to hear some samples of blues, jugband, ragtime songs from the 1920's-1950's:

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Free Music- Hokum Scorchers

(Hokum Scorchers Band tape cover in the '90's)
Well, myspace finally worked out the kinks in their new music players, so the Hokum Scorchers' music (my band) is available for free download. I'll try to switch up the songs when I can. Here is the
The Art and Music of Amy Crehore
Be my friend just for fun!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Hokum Scorchers Perform Mississippi Sheiks' Song

Mississippi Sheiks image from Wikipedia
Listen to "Please Don't Wake It Up" (original version by the Mississippi Sheiks 1931) performed by The Hokum Scorchers for our "Feed the Kitty" tape of 1992. Lou Reimuller is on the National guitar w/ vocals. I had fun playing a snare drum and singing on this one. Yazoo Records says that the Mississippi Sheiks were the "most popular blues artists of the 1930's" .
Follow this link and scroll down for the song:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hokum Scorchers Play a Tampa Red Song

Tampa Red

From the Hokum Scorchers' "Feed the Kitty" album comes a wonderful song- originally done by Hudson Woodbridge (a.k.a. Tampa Red 1936)- called "When You Were a Girl of Seven". This version was recorded in 1992. Lou Reimuller plays the National guitar, sings and plays kazoo. Amy Crehore is on a vintage tenor banjo. Scroll down for the music player on this link:
Hokum Scorchers
This song changes every Sunday night, so it will be different by the time you read this post.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Hokum Scorchers Perform "Violent Love"

Here is a picture of the remarkable bassist and songwriter, Willie Dixon.
Check out this list of classic songs that he wrote and all of the people who performed them.
So, it's Sunday night and I just switched the song on my website player. Listen to an adapted version of Willie Dixon's "Violent Love" (1950's) performed by the Hokum Scorchers Band. Lou Reimuller is singing and playing a National guitar and I am playing the washboard. Both of us are playing kazoos. Recorded in 1990. Follow this link and scroll down for song.
Hokum Scorchers
The Art of Amy Crehore
This song changes every Sunday nite, so it will be different by the time you read this post.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kesey Party 1992

Ken Kesey
Hokum Scorchers (Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore)

Okay, so Jerry Garcia got sick in August of 1992.The Grateful Dead were supposed to headline an event called "Field Trip" in Veneta, OR, but they cancelled due to illness. So, the musicians that were also supposed to play at the event headed out to Ken Kesey's property. My band, The Hokum Scorchers, played music for 20 minutes on a makeshift stage in a field next to Kesey's house. All the food was gone when we got there, so we played on an empty stomach. I think they paid us $5.
Here's my badge (front and back views above) sporting Kesey's own psychedelic artwork. I believe Gus Van Sant was there that day, too, filming the part where Kesey read his childrens' book on stage (wearing a bear costume).
Unfortunately, Kesey's outfit caught on fire as he was doing his thing. I think I heard him scream, "Turn the cameras off!!". My memory is foggy, but I know that I wore my vintage Foster Grant sunglasses like I always do when we play hokum music. I remember asking Ken Babbs if Robert Stone was there because I had just illustrated a story of his for Esquire magazine. "Nope, he's not here, but Timothy Leary is supposed to show up". I remember knocking my microphone completely off the platform. Ka-Plunk! Everyone in the audience was stoned, so it really didn't matter what anyone did on stage. We walked past an old junker on our way was "Further", the original hippie bus (photo above). Later, we would get to play music on Ken Kesey's float in the annual Eugene parade. He made us do a version of the song "Gloria". It must have been one of his favorites. There is a film of that somewhere...

P.S. I posted this story 3 years ago, but I am posting it again this morning as I head out to see the Eugene Celebration parade. I will always remember riding on that float with Ken Kesey who was dressed in his shaggy bear costume. Standing at the front of the float, he almost hit his head on a tree limb as we made our way down the streets of Eugene, OR. There is now a statue of Kesey in the middle of town. He is reading a book to children.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ten Hokum Scorchers Songs

Here's the LINK to ten of our songs that were recorded in the 1990s. We play various instruments on these recordings. This is traditional hokum music: jug band, blues and rags. The Hokum Scorchers is a duo comprised of Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore. We played at Bumbershoot, Seattle Folklife, Ken Kesey's events and other festivals and venues in the northwest. And, in 2009, we played at my solo art show opening in L.A.

P.S. There are also a couple more songs on my website (scroll down to play): LINK
I may add more in days to come.
Thanks for the mention BOINGBOING!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

New Hokum Song- "Dusting the Frets"

I just updated my website player with a new Hokum Scorchers' song: Listen to "Dusting the Frets" originally by the Dallas Jamboree Jugband (1935), adapted by the Hokum Scorchers (w/new lyrics) from their "Yanna's Donut" album of 1995. This version has Lou Reimuller on National guitar, vocals, kazoo; Amy Crehore (me) on washboard w/ vocals, kazoo.
P.S. This song changes every Sunday night, so it will be different by the time you read this.