Jumpin' Juba is a trio: Steve Hurl, guitar and vocals; Bruce Ward, piano; Brian Flan, drums.
The group mixes regional styles of blues from Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans together with rootsy rock & roll. The music is seasoned with jazz, folk, calypso, and Latin flavors. Then it's wrapped together with Hurl's songwriting sensibilities. Steve's a long time veteran of the Boston folk scene, and his guitar playing draws equally from the great acoustic blues fingerpickers, and from the roots-y string benders of the 1950s and early 1960s. Bruce's burly piano work recalls such greats as Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann, and Albert Ammons. Inventive and tasteful drumming from Brian rounds out the group's sound. The group also perfoms as a guitar-piano duo.
The band's CD releases, Bumpity Bump and Slap Happy, have received regional and overseas airplay, and have garnered many favorable reviews in MA papers and on the internet. See more on the band & hear clips at: www.stevehurl.com