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Slaughtertown String Band

Slaughtertown String Band

Slaughtertown String Band


The Slaughtertown String Band was formed in Chicago in 2007 by guitarist Michael Schwartz and multi-instrumentalist Randy Mollner (Head of Femur, The Black Dahlias) with the brilliant idea that playing Hot Club style Gypsy Jazz for rich people at their private parties was a great way to make tons of money while still having a good time playing music they loved. Lead guitarist Greg Hayes (Crooks and Children) and bassist Pete Wojtowicz (Funk in the Trunk) were quickly recruited to fill out the band. Read more on Last.fm
The Slaughtertown String Band was formed in Chicago in 2007 by guitarist Michael Schwartz and multi-instrumentalist Randy Mollner (Head of Femur, The Black Dahlias) with the brilliant idea that playing Hot Club style Gypsy Jazz for rich people at their private parties was a great way to make tons of money while still having a good time playing music they loved. Lead guitarist Greg Hayes (Crooks and Children) and bassist Pete Wojtowicz (Funk in the Trunk) were quickly recruited to fill out the band. It didn’t take long to figure out that: a) Most rich people don’t know what Hot Club Jazz is, and b) There seem to be less and less rich people left to pay tons of money to musicians who play a style of music that the few remaining rich people have never heard of anyway. Meanwhile, the band was getting a huge reception playing traditional Hot Club tunes as an opening act for our friends’ and our own rock bands at clubs around Chicago. At some point it became obvious that the whole pie-in-the-sky fantasy about making money off the rich wasn’t going to happen and that there was no reason to limit ourselves to playing a strict interpretation of Gypsy Jazz to an imaginary audience of well-heeled aficionados.

Once free of the shackles of tradition the Slaughtertown String Band has blossomed into an amalgam of musical styles. The band’s original music still draws from Hot Club Jazz as well as American roots music, rock and roll, blues, traditional gypsy songs and all forms of improvised music. Audiences love the band’s high energy combination of murder ballads, tall tales, blues laments, creepy love songs, and virtuosic improvisation. Goats & Cows & Pigs & Hens is Slaughtertown String Band's first release of Original Music. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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