Some hear blues; others hear jazz. Some think it’s bluegrass; others call it hillbilly swing. The Muddy Basin Ramblers don’t care what you name it; they just love to play. The Ramblers draw inspiration from jug bands, blues songsters, string bands and swing jazz groups from the early 20th century, and seek to breathe fresh attitude into these classic sounds.
Imagine if troubadours from Europe’s medieval era found themselves wandering through Asia. This sums up the spirit behind the music of the Ramblers, a group of American and UK expatriates living in Taipei, Taiwan. The band strives for authenticity in their hot swing and jug band grooves, but the energy behind their music is tied to their lives in “Ihla Formosa,” with its mix of vibrant modernism, quaint tradition, and the carefree attitude that goes hand-in-hand with island life.
Muddy Basin Ramblers have been jamming since 2002. Band members include: David Chen (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist), Tim Hogan (washboard, percussion), TC Lin (washtub bass, baritone, trumpet), Sandy Murray (ukulele, tenor & soprano saxophone), Conor Prunty (harmonica, washtub bass), Will “Slim” Thelin (jug, tap shoes, kazoos, trombone, and vocals), and Cristina Cox (violin).