We play good songs with a few miles on 'em! Purists Beware! Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is not jug band, ragtime, or Dixieland. It is an energetic amalgamation of all the popular styles of the 1920's/30's – jazz, a little blues, a bit of swing, a pinch old time gospel, and even classic show tunes – all immersed in an early 20th century New Orleans sound. We get people's feet stomping in a roaring twenties kind of way. Our sound has been described by many as “speakeasy” or “prohibition era” music. Our songs match the early New Orleans jazz/blues instrumentation combo of tenor banjo and trumpet with upbeat Dixieland and swing tempos underlying a heavy dose of powerful 1920's inspired vocals stylistically akin to Bessie Smith, Clara Smith, and Louis Armstrong. Our main influences include Louis Prima, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong and the Boswell Sisters. We play songs composed by some of the best songwriters from the early and mid-twentieth century alongside our original tunes which are heavily influenced by their work. Our original songs are stories that take listeners back in time through the experiences of our main characters.
Tray Dahl, band leader/songwriter for the 1920's/30's New Orlean's style musical act "Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband," has turned her usual music show into a theatrical music show by writing a story line that includes a small cast of characters and dancers. In the story, the band plays a travelling prohibition era band who double as a gang of bootleggers, touring their travelling show with a cranky band manager and a washed up show girl who interact with the band every few songs. Expect to hear some of the popular hits from the 1920's and 30's interspersed with little comedy bits, tap dancers, and chorus line girls!