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Steel City Jug Slammers / Press

“Along with the multitalented Bate and Atkins, the Slammers’ sound is made by Jacob Mathews on the washtub, Corey Medders on the four-string and tenor banjos and Bate’s brother Steven playing two types of guitars and the banjo. Taking care of the jugs in Steel City Jug Slammers is Zac Peoples who explained, “There’s these jugs in our band … I play ’em.””

“Steel City Jug Slammers - "Pit Bulls & Parolees" .(2013) The Birmingham jug band was featured on Animal Planet, performing at a benefit for the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans. (Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com)”

“Say hello to the Steel City Jug Slammers, a group of young musicians playing traditional and homemade instruments. Like juke-joint heroes of the early 1900s, they perform Delta blues and old-time jug music. In Birmingham, you might find the Steel City Jug Slammers busking at the fountain in Five Points South, or doing a late-night show at The Nick. They're working hard, on the streets and in the nightclubs, to develop an audience in their hometown. (Next up: an April 5 performance at Matthew's Bar & Grill.) "We want to bring this kind of music to Birmingham," says singer-guitarist Jerrod Atkins. "It's everywhere else. Alabama hasn't really witnessed it yet. It's coming back in a big way, and we're going to be part of it." Compare them to Old Crow Medicine Show or the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Steel City Jug Slammers won't argue. They'd just like to get their washboard back -- someone stole it at a recent show -- and book more dates in the Southeast.”

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