Ben Hunter (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, kazoo, rattlin’ bones) and Joe Seamons (vocals, banjo, guitar, harmonica) first met while playing and touring together in the Renegade Stringband. After a trip to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Hunter and Seamons discovered their shared love of the earliest eras of recorded music in America. The duo has committed themselves to educating others about the history of blues and roots music through the Rhapsody Project where they both teach classes and workshops on America’s blues and folk music heritage.
“Beale St. Mess Around” was originally recorded by the Memphis Jug Band- a band that was key in developing the jug band format. They were active in the Memphis music community from the 1920s to the 1950s, creating the first commercial music recordings in Memphis. Listen to Hunter and Seamons as they take on the classic blues jam below.