“These guys are amazing, really! I was so smitten with your weirdness when you passed through Boulder last fall. Your band has the stamina of a .... of a.... rag-tag male harem of horny rhino/unicorns, with a cauldron of ridiculous musical talent poured all over you. (this is the best constructive criticism I can muster for this one, these guys are geniuses, and that ain't no lie.)”
"The Screaming J's knocked my socks off...and I STILL can't find them!"
“Boogie-Woogie piano music at it’s finest, the Screaming J’s hold nothing back with their wild and zany performances. Found somewhere in-between a honkey-tonk barn party and an Americana trio on a long psychedelic “trip”, you won’t be disappointed with the infectious energy that is a Screaming J’s performance!”
“A self-described "Boogie Woogie Piano Band," the Screaming J's hail from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where their influences range from New Orleans honky-tonk to bluegrass, gospel and ragtime. Piano player and band leader Jake Hollifield writes the songs, with backup by music veterans Jonathan "JP" Hess on stand-up bass and Mike Gray on drums. Interestingly, Mike plays drums with a pair of chopsticks. The band is currently touring the Southeastern U.S., and was toting the beat-up acoustic piano they haul up and down stairs and sometimes onto roof-tops so Jake can bang out his captivating boogie-woogie rag when this video was recorded for Balcony TV Miami. Their sets mix original songs with old standards they retro-fit to their own personalities, and they aren't shy about sharing some strongly-worded political views in both song and narrative. It's always a great show, people of all ages get up to dance and lots of folks buy CDs to take home and share with friends.”