So what kind of instrument does an American with Swedish blood in his veins use when playing washboard? Well, look no further, friends. I enlisted the help of my artist friend Jerry Villalobos to create my very own Viking-themed washboard. As many of you know, I've been having a great time playing washboard with G Burns Jug Band here in San Diego, and have recently been adding to my washboard arsenal. I wanted a unique washboard with which to practice at home and perform on special occasions. My ambition was to have an instrument that reflects a bit of who I am, and I spoke a bit with Jerry about which motifs might be fun to explore. The result of our first washboard project is what you see here, and I could't be happier.
Many people around San Diego know Jerry's art through his fantastic tattoo work at the Red Crow (2848 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104), and I figured (correctly, as you see!) his professional background made him an ideal candidate for these collaborations. We are also interested in exploring a classic Naval theme in the future, reflecting my time as a musician in the U.S. Navy, and I think that the histories and esthetics of the washboard, Navy, Viking culture, and tattoo-influenced art all fit together wonderfully.
I'm sure many of you will be seeing this beauty at venues around Southern California (and beyond) in the coming months, and I will be sure to post upcoming collaborations and work involving the washboard as well.
Thanks --as always-- for tuning in!