An eclectic mix of contemporary folk, blues, country, and bluegrass.
Comprised of old friends who happen to all be seasoned musicians thanks to a deep-rooted love of honest music, the Village Jammers have been gathering to play their unique blend of "bluegrass/country/jazz/rock/blues/folk/rockabilly (insert any style of music here)" for more than thirty years. Part bluegrass band, part comedy troupe, part working-class Joes…together, a century of collective experience on stringed instruments, witty stage sarcasm and good ol’ boy beer connoisuership.
The Jammers were born from an open invite of friends gathering to play any style of music they knew, and the result was a long-term friendship and a lot of terrific music. They began as the house band at the now defunct Village Pub in Stonington Borough, Connecticut, and while packing the house, they began the generous practice of inviting fellow musicians...some good, some dying trying...to share their stage. The band was infectious with its own brand of ridiculous humor, costumes, and special guests.
It's been said that a Village Jammers practice session is much more than just chords and tunings; you get a healthy dose of political debate, blue-collar beer bottles, beef jerky, ball-busting, and oh yeah, some pretty good music too. The band's knack for encouraging their growing circle of musician friends to join them for jam sessions and gigs; talented musicians like Jay Dempsey, Jim Carpenter, Tommy Giarratano, Vince Thompson, Bill Light, and Steve Jakubielski, makes the Village Jammers as much a family as they are a band. Founding member and harmonica extraordinaire Rene Brisson, who sadly passed away in 2000, still retains an honorary seat in the jam circle each session. Whether it's the friendship bond that makes the music sound so good or the great musicianship that makes the friendships so strong, the bottom line is each musician brings a variety of influences to the table, comprising the Village Jammers' family signature sound.
BAND NOTE: We "subbed out" the task of finding a name.....we held a contest one night at the Village Pub and let our audience decide for us. The winner was awarded a can of snow peas. Great fun!
To Walk The Line
a spooky, "yea, though I walk through the valley" spiritual
Heartache on the Run
our first radio airplay
Selected for the credit roll by producer David Wittkower for his acclaimed rodeo bullrider documentary film "Cowboy Up"
Til It Happens To You
I Drive On
not really a real reel, rather more a banjo ballad
Cheyenne to Oklahoma
a little cowboy poetry dedicated to champion bullrider Lane Frost (click on the song title for the rest of the story)
I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
I know...the title sounds like your typical, sappy, lovelorn, "Oh, GOD, not another one of those" songs. Trust me, there's some real good ripping riffs going on here.
toe-tappin' backbeat bluegrass shuffle
Fly Away Angel
8/18/2011 7:34:51 AM
Hi..You have great songs and lyrics as well. Thaks for your beautiful songs. Peace. Aira Winterland
8/16/2011 1:52:38 AM
Featured Band of the Week
dont let fame go to your heads boys, every thing could change now! dont forget pip and merry, your loyal fans of your music ,,,well deseverd ooops spelling again. pip...ha ha !!!!
8/5/2011 4:33:50 PM
Thanks for stopping by. That front page really surprised me, I opened up the page the other day and lo' and behold there was my mugshot on the front page.
You guys have some really great music here. If I am ever up your way you can bet I will be stopping in to catch your show. Your friend, Jerry Butler Country
6/14/2011 4:38:55 PM
yer but the other dominoes players dont know i .. am a killer. pip hehe.
6/13/2011 7:52:53 AM
sht slelt spring wong sorry boys, pip...
5/3/2011 5:17:14 AM
thanks boys, been a cold winter here,sping is here so better get out of bed wash the sheets and so and get on with some music love to ya all thanks for dropping us a line means a lot.. pip and merry..
4/15/2011 9:12:09 AM
We really liked the acoustic /bluegrass oriented sound, vocals are written well ,sounds like your having alot of fun doing it ,to walk the line is really catchy .We'll have to get back to you soon wanna listen to the rest of your songs. good vibe!
4/13/2011 11:29:01 AM
Thanks for checkin' it out Mike. It means alot coming from you..really admire your musicianship in both the parts you play and how you play them. I know i had it a bit buried in the mix...lack of confidence i guess. I'm gonna try some cover songs to help me keep moving forward. My originals have seemed to sadly become few and far between these last few months.
Anytime you post a new tune please drop a link...always happy to stop by for a listen.
4/11/2011 4:53:36 PM
hey Mike! Thanks for the visit...great to hear from ya. Did indeed survive another winter but not here much.... but with the big change in ownership that may not be the case in the future. I'd love to see this site rise again to respect and prominence.
As for woodshedding with the bass..not near as much as i should have...but your advice was really excellent and i think i am making progress. i actually had the nerve to play it on my latest recording called Sago Mine. Slowly "getting it". Hard to believe it would be that different from guitar but for me it is. I'll post Sago Mine...give a listen if ya have time and see what ya think. Thanks for all your help Mike and continued support and enthusiasm....and Happy Springtime!!
4/9/2011 3:39:53 PM
now that is funny!
12/20/2010 7:32:08 PM
Have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2011!
7/1/2010 12:10:23 AM
Just now listening to "Cheyenne to Oklahoma"....damned fine work. Ever play that out live? It's got a great sing-along chorus.
Stay cool this summer, y'all.
2/15/2010 2:52:19 AM
Oh, I do so love, " 'Til it Happens 2 U " !!!!!
12/31/2009 9:35:38 AM
Happy New Year VJ's!
All the best for 2010!
12/15/2009 10:19:25 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS Mike!!! Miss you!!!!!
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