Tuba Skinny: Old timey blues and jazz street act from New Orleans


21 Responses to “Tuba Skinny: Old timey blues and jazz street act from New Orleans”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mae West wasn’t a singer: perhaps you meant Ethel Merman?

    Great music.

  2. Bloo says:

    Adding to New Orleans music recommendations: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I recommend the album Open Up: Watcha Gonna Do primarily because it’s the one I have, and also is an excellent example of things maybe you didn’t think a tuba could do in a jazz band.

  3. Vanwall says:

    New Orleans is an amazing place for street music, agreed. I caught R.I.S.E (Rising Appalachia) one day, and it was like a private concert. Bought their music on the spot.

  4. Paranatural says:

    You should also check out The New Orleans Bingo Show. You can listen to their stuff free on their website, and watch their videos as well.

    Hope you made it to the PoBoy festival the weekend before. They had some damn good ones out there.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you like this, you’ll also like Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns. You can check ‘em out online, or see them play every Monday at Mimi’s in the Marigny…10pm-3am.

    Also check out other NOLA locals – Hurray for the Riff Raff (bluegrassy jazz) and Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds (traditional bluegrass/country).

  6. Yorgle says:

    Really glad to see Tuba Skinny popping up here. We caught them this past summer in Burlington, VT. I fell in love with them immediately, and bought their CDs as well. :D

    And of course, once we got home, I told everyone I knew about them, and they all fell in love with them too.

    There’s something really awesome about writing cutting edge code at work, while listening to excellent old timey music. There’s a nice contrast or irony or something to it. heh.

    Cheers again, Boing Boing! :D

  7. Grey Devil says:

    These guys are quite exceptional. Will definitely be buying some of their albums when i get the chance <3

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tuba Skinny is a great group. I have seen them in New Orleans and New York. I always enjoy them. You can check out some of my videos of them at youtube:


  9. Anonymous says:

    As big sister to Tuba Skinny’s washboard player extraordinaire, Robin, this is just the best thing to wake up to today. Everytime Tuba Skinny gets press, my mom gets a little less freaked out by my brother’s inclination towards a musical career in that dangerous place, NOLA.

    • tubaskinnyfan says:

      Premature “send” before
      Anyway I love the band, your brother is great and a crowd favorite. I was in NOLA a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to see them in Rhinebeck next month and I’m making a big pitch for them to play my house where I have a concert series. They’re hard to pin down or contact. Live performances are incredible, the cd’s as well. You should be proud of him. It’s not an easy life

  10. bill streeter says:

    If you dig these guys and other old time music from this era you should check out Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three too (http://pokeylafarge.net).

  11. Hools Verne says:

    This is the stuff!

  12. Tigrrrrl says:

    Erika Lewis is channeling Bessie Smith. Very adroitly.

    These guys are the real thing.

  13. YarbroughFair says:

    Worst purchase site I have ever used. I clicked the pay now and nothing happens. I selected shop for more and no shopping basket. Please post a viable site where I can purchase this music. I would love to give the little guy my money but they need to get with it and create a useful purchase site. And yes, the music is great, I want to purchase it for xmas gifts.

  14. ccoates says:

    Unless Tuba Skinny went on before the show was scheduled to start (I rolled in about 5 minutes late), the band that actually opened for Dresden in New Orleans is called “Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?”

    Both excellent bands, but different members, and different sound. Definitely give Big Ship some of your attention as well.



    Also worth checking out (among many, many others that I don’t have the space to mention) Dark, Dark, Dark.


  15. Anonymous says:

    This really hit the spot, thanks Cory!

  16. Anonymous says:

    New Orleans is still the best city for music in America, and the stuff you run into on the street is better than what you find in clubs in other places.

    Check out Meschia Lake and dem Lil’ Big Horns, who I ran into on the street there in April:


    I dream of moving there

  17. zizzybaloobah says:

    I’m sooo glad I saw this article. I was in NOLA in October and snapped a bunch of photos (and video) of this ensemble, and somehow managed to neglect noting their name (or even checking to see if I could buy their music). Now that I know who they are, I can spread the word, and buy their music. It was a highlight of my trip.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been hitting these two albums hard since NOLA last week as well…absolutely dynamic stuff that holds up to the standards without feeling antiquated.

    Best part of their NOLA performance: the inside “busking” set at Tipatina’s right before the show started.

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