Hot Mustard grew from a Vermont arts grant allowing banjo master Bruce Stockwell and his student Bill Jubett to work together on double banjo materials. Soon they were joined by their wives, Kelly Stockwell and April Jubett, to form a band featuring the work they had developed. April Jubett has been singing and playing traditional bluegrass since she was a child, while Kelly, though new to bluegrass, has taken to the bass with enthusiasm and become an accomplished player in only a few years, proving to me that math/science and bluegrass are naturals together. April's voice seems to have both mellowed and strengthened during the past year. The band has expanded its repertoire, bringing the results of Bruce's years of intense study to their work. While little known outside New England, they have become favorites here. Audiences in a much wider area deserve to hear them. Bruce is a banjo player's banjo player, well-known to other musicians, a wonder of inventive playing and thoughtful improvisation.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has just suffered the grievous loss of Lester Armistead, a founding member, on the ceramic jug. His upbeat good humor was always a delight. Leroy Troy, the heart of the band's comedy was absent due to double billing. Nevertheless, the band gave its all to provide uplifting good humor and enthusiasm. You've got to hand it to them.
Maya de Vitry
A Shout-Out to James
Kristin Scott Benson