New blues and roots child is born – Joe Cribb and the Seed Drills – ready to make a scream!
This is the new roots blues you’ve been waiting for – edgy and innovative and rooted in rock, soul, punk, Americana and – of course – rock ’n roll…
Formed by Joe Cribb, Spencer Brown and Matt Jones, the group are about to release their long-awaited debut album in early April.
Inspired by legends such as Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Sea Sick Steve, and drawing influences from punk-blues artists such as Jack White and garage rock band The Jim Jones Revue; Joe Cribb and the Seed Drills are here to revolutionise the UK blues scene with their very loud sound.
The vocalist and leading man Joe Cribb draws on his real-life sorrows, everyday experiences and observations to write haunting and heart-felt lyrics and fervent sounds. Joe’s intense and riotous voice give the songs a rock ’n roll edge that resonates with his cigar box guitar. (Please see Fascinating Facts below…)
Spencer Brown – bass – and Matt Jones – drums – provide a fierce rhythm section that completes the sound that is the root and foundation of the Seed Drills.
The trio were formed in Bristol and started playing in and around the local area but have been touring the UK and European festivals since early 2014.
Find out more about Joe and the boys…
And find out more about cigar box guitars
The cigar box guitar is an early American blues instrument. Trace evidence of cigar box instruments exist from 1840 to the 1860s. It would seem that the earliest cigar box instruments would be extremely crude and primitive; however, this is not always the case.
The cigar box guitars and fiddles were also important in the rise of jug bands and blues. As most of these performers were black Americans living in poverty, many could not afford a “real” instrument. Using these, along with the washtub bass (similar to the cigar box guitar), jugs, washboards, and harmonica, black musicians performed blues during socialisations.
The Great Depression of the 1930s saw a resurgence of homemade musical instruments. Times were hard in the American south and for entertainment sitting on the front porch singing away their blues was a popular pastime. Musical instruments were beyond the means of everybody, but an old cigar box, a piece of broom handle and a couple wires from the screen door and a guitar was born.
15th, 16th & 17th May 2015