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Sounds Like: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mississippi Sheiks, Beale Street Sheiks, Eden and John's East River String Band
Label: Fretless Music
Manager: Pam Kittel
Bio: Jump Up Devil are one of the newest blues/roots bands to come out of Michigan and yet they have almost 100 years of experience between them. They combine the rawness of deep country and delta blues and roots music with the more modern and urban sounds of boogie woogie and Tin Pan Alley. They’re ...See Full Bio
“Jump Up Devil features Bruce Conforth on guitars and vocals and Anne Crawford on fiddle, piano and vocals. Their combination is reminiscent of the great original country blues ensembles of the pre WWII era. J.T. “Harmonica Buzz” Sunden, Michael Shimmin, and Ben Rolston complete the ensemble. Jump Up Devil does not just keep the traditional blues alive. This album energizes the genre and revitalizes the traditional acoustic ensemble blues. Their version of “Another Man Done Gone,” sparse with Conforth on slide guitar and Crawford singing in a mere whisper, is simply stunning and emotive. The new album covers some of the country blues greats, and some rarities and gems such as “Well, Well” by Kansas Joe McCoy; “Rattlesnake Blues” by Charley Patton’ “Don’t Cry Baby” by the obscure yet wonderful Freddie Spruell; “Bye Bye Baby” by George “Little Hat” Jones; and “On The Wall” by Louise Johnson, among others.The full band sound is so much fun and these musi”