Ralph Litwin and the Band with a Thousand Names 71:55
1. The Band With A Thousand Names 5:02 Click Here For a Sample
2. Eatin' The Mystery 2:50 Click Here For a Sample
3. Black & White Rag 3:40 Click Here For a Sample
4. Up On Cripple Creek 6:20
rock n' roll oldie
5. Shady Grove 2:41 Click Here For a Sample
old-timey but with cool electric bass part
6. Big Mojo 5:12 Click Here For a Sample
7. Redemption 3:22 Click Here For a Sample
8. Gardenia Waltz 4:28
9. Gettin' That Low Down Swing 3:29
10. The Trouble With Man 3:55
11. Half-Crazy 2:57 Click Here For a Sample
12. Dill Pickle 3:13
13. Good Luck, Bad Luck 3:22
14. Wooly Bully 2:36
rock n' roll oldie
15. It's OK To Just Stop Thinkin' 4:47 Click Here For a Sample
country garage rock
16. Singing In The Bathtub 3:34
17. Funky Old Guitar 5:27 Click Here For a Sample
18. Harmonica Rag 4:47 Click Here For a Sample
ALL SONGS (c)(p) 1998 RALPH LITWIN
"Here's a challenge: Go find another album that covers the
traditional "Shady Grove" and the garage-rock classic "Wooly Bully."
The Band With a Thousand Names also plays a thousand styles and
includes at various times a thousand members. Dixieland, old-time,
ragtime, Delta blues, Western swing, bluegrass, and newgrass all
find a home in Litwin's hands ...
It's the rare band that can handle romantic stringband waltzes,
novelty jazz tunes, and Robbie Robertson songs with equal flair,
leaving a unique stamp on all...
These vaudevillian frolics are delivered with such sheer joy and
exuberance it reminds you why you like music in the first place."
"I have no idea what to call it, but this is a bunch of fun. Litwin
and Company exhibit a good-time attitude in their performance I've
rarely encountered... Just get it, you won't regret it."
"The project is similar to a jugband's repertoire, delving into
styles including blues, western swing, calypso, and vintage jazz, as
well as a bit of bluegrass and old-time music. The emphasis here is
on variety and entertainment ... a CD by any of a thousand other
names might not sound as sweet as this funky and fun mini-tour of
the musical world of Ralph Litwin and his versatile cohorts."
"Over an hour of a mixed bag of music ranging from Ragtime to
Stringband to Bluegrass to Western Swing (with some Calypso, Blues,
Jazz and Rock Ďn Roll thrown in for good measure) ...
one thing is for certain, Ralph Litwin and his musical entourage
sure have fun on disc ... Robbie Robertsonís (The Band) Up on
Cripple Creek ... (has) never been done before quite like this!"
Country Music News The Voice of Country Music in Canada
"Ralph Litwin is one crazy guy! His group changes names with
personnel changes -- or sometimes in the same show. And their music
reflects that care-free attitude. They play bluegrass, Western
swing, delta blues, ragtime, Dixieland, Tin-Pan Alley.
Instrumentation includes everything from banjo and fiddle to
harmonicas and tuba. Many tunes are originals, such as the title
cut. Then there are lots of familiar but twisted numbers. It's going
to be a collector's item."
Jug Band Rag
"I like the album a lot and have played (5 cuts) on the air... I will
undoubtedly play more over the next weeks and decades... lots of fun
from a jugband for the 21st century.
John Weingart, "Music You Canít Hear on the Radio", WPRB
From the "dixielandified country" of the opening autobiography to
the western swing of the closing "Harmonica Rag", this disc is a
musical history lesson that will make New Jerseyans proud... we
still can boast hot-pickiní hillbillies like Litwin and friends."