Uke, washboard, and kazoo music from 1928

Amy Crehore found this video of Eddie Thomas and Carl Scott playing "My Ohio Home." Hokum Music on YouTube


  1. No, it’s not hokum, but the footage is genuine–unless the Yazoo video compilation that must be the source (“Times Ain’t Like They Used to Be”) is a put-on, too.

  2. Here’s a link to the whole thing, complete with a great bit of acting in the introduction:

    “Someone been usin’ my instrument to wash on!”


  3. As an aspiring, semi-professional kazoo man myself, I have to say his technique is pitch perfect. Wonderful video.

  4. My dad plays the washboard and I wanted to send him this clip. But I can hear a lot more instruments than just the ukulele and the washboard ( and I can hardly hear the washboard). Is the soundtrack genuine?

  5. Randomly enough I was watching a film last night that used this exact same clip to talk about new influences in the music made by while people in North Carolina.

    The film was High Lonesome and is the story of Bill Monroe and Bluegrass music and how it has come to be.

    Might enjoy it..

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