New Washboard with Viking-Themed Artwork By Jerry Villalobos

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.

Artist Jerry Villalobos holding my new washboard with me at the Red Crow. San Diego, CA, 2015

Artist Jerry Villalobos holding my new washboard with me at the Red Crow. San Diego, CA, 2015

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.

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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!