Meet the Bumper Jacksons. Their trad jazz and pre-war country music paint’s America’s early history. The Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. This duo is a Carhartt sorta bunch. They even camp out after playing at events and do three week long biking music tours.
Jess constructs all of her own washboards. Each one is a playable instrument and hangable piece of art. She also gives washboard lessons. I got to try my hand at a few tunes, and it was a blast.
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Welcome to hell’s half acre, folks! That’s the affectionate way Stubb referred to what is now the location of Stubb’s BBQ in Austin. It is the place for good BBQ, good beer, and good music. So much history is jam packed into that joint. Stubb, respected war veteran and a real good cook,
opened up his first restaurant in 1968. It was all about that hickory pit and the blues. Legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Willie Nelson all played there.
Even though Stubb passed a few years back, his spirit lives on in the food and the work ethic that drives the place now. Sarah, pictured above, started off as a bartender at Stubb’s and eventually worked her way up the ladder. She’s now the Special Events and Catering Director. There’s nothing like hard work to get you where you want to go.
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I’ve been in Portland the past few days meeting some awesome Carhartt women. What I love most about this beautiful city is that it’s a good mix of metropolitan and nature. It’s easy to be a foodie, a music lover, and an outdoor adventurer. If you’re in the area, check out the Carhartt store. (And grab a rain jacket. You’ll probably need it.)
The beauty of a handcrafted instrument is undeniable. How often does that slip your mind when listening to a song that captures your heart? We all love music, no matter what genre it may be. Let’s take our involvement a step further to consider all that goes into what we’re hearing.
Jenelle Steele played the cello for 19 years. Her background includes ceramics, metal work, glass mosaics, and furniture refinishing. To mix her admiration for music and her love for physical, artistically minded work, she enrolled in The Violin Making School of America.
Violins are such strikingly beautiful instruments. Before my trip to the school in Salt Lake City, I never thought of how unique each handmade piece is. Jenelle told me that every maker has their own style giving each violin it’s own personality and voice. It was fascinating to see that a craft so focused on quality and precision still highly values the unique qualities of the end product.