Fans of Viva Le Vox's charismatic ex-bull fiddler, James "Scarecrow" Jenkins, will be happy to know that he has landed on his feet and is fronting a band of his very own called the Loxahatchee Sinners Union. Jenkins says he had been lying low after what he calls his "untimely departure" from the Lake Worth punkabilly act last year and had decided to take on a few solo shows at the start of the year.
The formation of his new outfit was a complete accident, according to Jenkins. The multi-instrumentalist was set to play a solo gig opening for romping Atlanta rockabilly act Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles at Propaganda in February when he asked a few of his friends to back him up. Joining him are his girlfriend Erin "Junebug Jenkins" Helton on the banjo and pals from Fort Lauderdale Cramps-style rock duo Nightly Death Shade -- Marvin Ray Hawkins on bass and Michele "Esmarelda Nightly" Woofter on keys.
Together, the foursome is the newest addition to the fertile Lake Worth oddball Americana scene. The band, which plays a brand of rootsy revival that Jenkins refers to as "swamp gospel," has a slew of gigs lined up in the upcoming months, all posted on its Facebook page.
By Alex Rendon, Fri., Apr. 1 2011 at 8:12 AM
Local Swamp Gospel/Country/Skiffle act The Loxahatchee Sinners Union recently graced the stage of Propaganda in downtown Lake Worth.
It was my first time seeing Mr Scarecrow Jenkins perform since his departure from Viva Le Vox and it is fairly apparent that he belongs in a front man position. The man simply oozes charisma and contains a level of stage presence virtually unmatched by any in the area. That being said, he is also one of the nicest, most humble people I have ever met. So humble in fact that his position on stage was on the far left (when looking at the stage), letting the other members of the band have center stage.
The line up is rounded out by Marvin Ray Hawkins on upright bass and snares, Miss Esmarelda Nightly on keys and accordion and Mrs. Junebug Jenkins on banjo and vocals. Mrs Jenkins’s voice is beautiful and haunting all at once while Marvin Ray’s bass and Esmerelda’s accordion weave in and out of the tunes creating a relaxing mood that simply forces you to listen.
The bottom line is, if you are familiar with the sounds that come from the swamp scene in Lake Worth, you will love this band. The next gig on their schedule is for June 11th at Respectable’s. Chances are I’ll be there again with my camera. Posted on May 26, 2011 by Jason Nugent Photography