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New Album. New Website. New Sour Mash!
New Album. New Website. New Sour Mash!
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The Sour Mash Hug Band

We're recording a new album, creating a new website and in general taking our show to a new level!  

The album will include seven NEW ORIGINAL songs, a Yiddish tune or two, AND a classic swing number. 

What could be better!?

Next year we want to be touring the historic vaudeville theatres of America with a show that is worthy of them and an album that truly represents the show. 

Be part of this special process by donating to our Kickstarter! 

Your donation will help us to create a radio-ready album. This means an album whose basic sound will not just be good, but excellent when you put it in your CD player.  It also means an album that will be played on your local NPR station. This (along with a new website) will allow us reach a greater audience and tour to your hometown more frequently. 

Your donation will go toward studio time, mastering, pressing and release of the album and a new website.  It will also help us to persuade even more excellent guest musicians to record on the album.  In general your donation will directly affect the quality of the album, and if we exceed our goal substantially the album will be substantially better. 

Right now we have the best Sour Mash Hug Band ever.  Brilliant gypsy jazz guitarist and composer Scott Stobbe, and Bassist extraordinaire Leo Suarez join Yiddish chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist Shiri Goldsmith, and the singing fiddler Fiddlin' Mike to create a fabulous foursome each corner of which represents excellent musicianship and creative energy.   

Our story:

The Sour Mash Hug Band has toured the highways and byways of North America for over a decade now.   Its a classic American story: in the beginning, a band of kids ride freight trains across the midwest with nothing but a banjo, a fiddle, a washboard, and a washtub bass. They play at your local farmer's market, dive-bar, or street-corner.  They end up in New Orleans, spend some time playing dixieland, go up to Oregon and play old-time and bluegrass for a while, head out to New York pick up a a little Klezmer, hike around Romania searching for old men that know fiddle tunes.  Finally they fall in love with the new revival of jazz culture and it's full circle.  

The Sour Mash Hug Band is one of the best bands working to keep
traditional folk culture and vaudeville music alive in America today. They have won hearts and rave reviews at festivals including Northwest Folklife, the Benbow Arts Festival, and the Subdued String Band Jamboree; they have been called “a true treasure of the Bay Area” by the Bay Times.  “Folk Music in it's most beautiful sense” by Robert Blake, “Irresistable” by the SF Chronicle.



Risks and challenges

Recording a new album always presents challenges. We are committed to putting in the time to make a magical album happen, and we have some stars of the bay area music scene in the studio to help us out with this process!

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    Electronic download of the new CD.

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    "Thank You" postcard handmade by Shiri (available in limited quantities only) + Electronic download of the new CD.

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    Electronic download of the new CD
    + Electronic download of our "Limited Edition Best of Sour Mash" CD selected from our first 5 albums OR your choice of any one of our previous albums for electronic download.

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    Physical copy of the new CD + Your choice of our "Limited Edition Best of Sour Mash" CD OR "Dorsal Fin Dream Stallion" or "For Your Own Earholes".

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    Box set of all 6 Sour Mash CDs (including the new one) + "Thank You" postcard handmade by Shiri.

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    We write an original song on the subject of your choice OR learn a cover song of your choice and post a video of us playing it on YouTube + A physical copy of the new CD and the "Limited Edition Best of Sour Mash" CD + "Thank You" postcard handmade by Shiri.

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    BBQ and jam with the Sour Mash Hug Band in Oakland. Play music or listen to music and eat BBQ + Physical copy of our new CD and the "Limited Edition Best of Sour Mash" CD + "Thank You" postcard handmade by Shiri.

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    Sour Mash Hug Band plays a show in your house at your party when we're next in your area + Box set of all 6 Sour Mash CDs (including the new one) + "Thank You" postcard handmade by Shiri.

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