Tag Archives: The Bumper Jacksons

Podcast for July 25th, 2019

Tony hits the beach, while Paul gets meta with follow-up.

Tracklisting:
Hammered Hulls – Written Words [S​/​T]
Peter Mayburduk – Apart! Together [single]
Cecily – Clumsy [Awakening Pt. 1]
The 5:55 – The Edge [The Five Fifty Five]
Bumper Jacksons – I Sing the Body (Live) [Live at Wolf Trap]
The Andalusian – Dance to Flame [Kairos]

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Bumper Jacksons – Many Paths to the Top of the Mountain

The February edition of the Bumperletter hit inboxes yesterday with an announcement of a spring west coast tour and this live video from the Bumper Jacksons. “Many Paths to the Top of the Mountain”, an original ditty by Chris Ousley from their 2017 album I’ve Never Met A Stranger, gets this lucky crowd dancing and feeling fine last September. We loved the Bumper Jacksons’ recent sold-out show at the Barns at Wolf Trap (especially the secret history of their name), but hopping around a dance floor is by far the best way to experience this lively band. Chris and singer Jess Eliot Myhre next play a duo show at the Mansion at Strathmore as part of their Capitol Jazz series on Thursday May 2nd.

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Bumper Jacksons – Miss Mary Mack

We’ve got one more video before a little break next week for Independence Day. Bumper Jacksons write new songs inspired by 20s era hot jazz, folk and blues, but today’s tune is a classic that many will remember from childhood. “Miss Mary Mack” is a traditional clapping game performed here joyously as a warmup and recorded live in Ridgefield, CT on June 12th by pedal steel player Dave Hadley. Our friendly DC music podcast neighbors The Circus Life celebrate their 5th anniversary with a big show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday July 14th, and you’ll catch Jess and Chris performing a Bumper Duo set if you go.

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Podcast for April 25th, 2018

Tony ponders what makes “pub rock”, while Paul reminisces about collecting remixes.

Tracklisting:
Bumper Jacksons – White Horse [single]
Yesferatu – By Design [single]
The New Travelers – Composure [single]
Makeup Girl – Living Safe [single]
Will Eastman – Tell Me feat. Patrick Baker (Eau Claire Remix) [Hilo Remixed]
Luna Honey – Honey [Peace Will Grind You Down]

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Top 5 Videos of 2017 #1: Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Never Met A Stranger

All this week we’ve done our annual countdown of the best #DCmusic videos of 2017, and now it’s time for the big finish. And there weren’t any videos bigger than the title track from the new Bumper Jacksons record I’ve Never Met A Stranger. Even though the sprawling hot jazz ensemble led by Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley have released multiple albums over their 5+ year history, this was their first music video, and it’s unforgettable. They started with the simple idea of playing the ode to drunken good times while riding bikes and followed it to the logical conclusion of a colorful and costumed mass ride through the city led by songwriter and video director Ousley. Washington Pedicab and BicycleSPACE provide transportation for the small musical crew that eventually grows to huge proportions as it winds through some of the most beautiful spots in DC. The visual feast rewards multiple viewings, especially on a living room sized TV, with new joyous and whimsical touches you hadn’t noticed before. This crazy, messed up, emotional and trying year of 2017 should go out on a high note, and for us there’s nothing better than this. Cheers.

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Bumper Jacksons – Old Birds

The Bumper Jacksons are DC’s most devoted ambassadors for the old-timey jazz and folk sound they have evolved over 6 years and an impressive five full length albums. Began as the duo of Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley, the band now features an impressive brass section, upright bass, pedal steel guitar and an abundance of sass and sizzle. Though still rooted in DC, the band seems rather addicted to the tour life, as their nationwide tour roams through the midwest and the south promoting their 2017 album I’ve Never Met A Stranger. The album’s second single is “Old Birds”, and the band had this to say about song’s bold and timely music video:

We are all put in boxes. We each have experienced what it’s like to be told how we’re “supposed” to behave, what we’re “supposed” to like, who we’re “supposed” to be. We inherit these ideas when we’re young children, and in turn, pass them on to our children and project these rules on others.
This weighs on us daily. This stifles our creativity and squashes our dreams. This closes our hearts to others. Old Birds invites us to participate in the rewarding and messy work of breaking apart the systems and structures that hold us, and our fellow humans, back.

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Podcast for March 29th, 2017

Tony recaps his SXSW experience, while Paul gets his pronunciation corrected.

Tracklisting:
The Soulvation Society – Last Night [The Soulvation Society]
Scanners – Bogus Existence [Bogus Existence]
BathHouse – Thank U feat. Francesca Lola & NAPPYNAPPA [single]
Washington Hebrew – Bank Holiday Wknd [Washington Hebrew]
Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Never Met A Stranger [I’ve Never Met A Stranger]
Rush Plus – Parting [Temporal Confusion]

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Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Never Met A Stranger

Chris Ousley and Jess Eliot Myhre’s Americana roots music ensemble the Bumper Jacksons have matured their sound as they expanded to their current 7 piece configuration including trumpet, trombone, pedal steel, upright bass and drums. Their new album I’ve Never Met A Stranger comes out in early May, so mark your calendars for their hometown release show on Friday May 12th at the Hamilton with Letitia Van Sant and Be Steadwell. Today’s music video, their first ever, is the title track from that album, Ousley’s tune about liquid-fueled companionship and finding common ground. It’s a joyous song amplified by the depicted epic musical bike ride courtesy of BicycleSPACE and and Washington Pedicab. Bravo Jacksons!

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Bumper Jacksons – I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)

The Garage Video Sessions is an online music video collaboration between husband and wife duo Pando Creative and the Charlottesville VA music venue The Garage, filming live takes of local and touring acts as they come through town. DC’s roots revivalists Bumper Jacksons recently breezed through and laid down this foot stompin’ version of singer Chris Ousley’s original song “I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)”. If that wet your whistle for more, their new album Too Big World is streaming now on their Bandcamp in advance of the CD release show next Saturday July 25th at the Birchmere with the newly revived Junior League Band.

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Podcast for May 27th, 2015 feat. Sam McCormally of Fellow Creatures

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Special guest DJ Sam McCormally of Fellow Creatures picks out some of his favorite DC songs!

Tracklisting:
Slow Machete – Gray Eyed Bird [Mango Tree]
Louis Weeks – Antelope [haha]
Redline Graffiti – Appetites [End the World+]
Caitlin Schneiderman – Your Way [Your Way single]
Tigers Are Bad for Horses – I.V. (Poisoned) [I.V. (Poisoned) single]
The Bumper Jacksons – When the Sun Goes Down in Harlem [Sweet Momma, Sweet Daddy, Come In]

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