An Evening with Jump Up Devil

Friday October 4, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Jump Up Devil - featuring Bruce Conforth, Anne Crawford, J.T. "Harmonica Buzz" Sunden, Michael Shimmin and Ben Rolston - are one of the newest blues/roots bands to come out of Michigan, yet they have almost 100 years of experience between them. As roots music historians (Bruce has a PhD in American Roots Music) they search deep into the catalog of obscure blues and make them their own: sometimes changing musical arrangements, sometimes writing new lyrics, and sometimes just playing the songs in a new way.

The band combines 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 are as home with a proto-blues folk song as they are hard-drivin’ electric blues. Their influences range from the folk songster stylings of musicians like Lead Belly; the great jug/string bands of the late ‘20s and 30s; the hard delta sounds of Charley Patton, Son House, and Robert Johnson; the great Piedmont/East Coast techniques of Rev. Gary Davis and Blind Blake; to the urban drive of pianists like Roosevelt Sykes and Meade Lux Lewis.

Temper this with their unique musical sensibilities that allow the possibility for anything to happen and you have the music and experience of Jump Up Devil!