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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jug′ band`(n.)

  1. a small band that plays chiefly blues or folk music on very simple instruments, as washboards, harmonicas, kazoos, and empty jugs.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of jug band:

1930–35, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jug band(noun)

    a musical group that uses jugs and washboards and kazoos and other improvised instruments


  1. jug band(Noun)

    Especially in the U. S., a group of rustic musicians, specializing in bluegrass or folk music, whose instruments include empty jugs, bottles, and similar containers of various sizes which produce musical sounds when the player blows across the openings at the tops of their necks.


  1. Jug band

    A Jug band is a band employing a jug player and a mix of traditional and home-made instruments. These home-made instruments are ordinary objects adapted to or modified for making of sound, like the washtub bass, washboard, spoons, stovepipe and comb & tissue paper. The term jug band is loosely used in referring to ensembles that also incorporate home-made instruments but that are more accurately called skiffle bands, spasm bands or juke bands because they are missing the required jug player.


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