Welcome to the world of Trashcan Joe...
Where the sounds of homemade instruments fashioned from trashcans and washtubs are manipulated by master musicians in all their galvanized glory to work their wicked alchemy on your ear.
Join us on our journey down this steely path to where the music is bold and pure, the garbage is good,
and the goods are in the can. -Joe
Cap'n James Cook, inventor of the Trashcanjo (a four string banjo made out of a trashcan) was looking for an outlet for all the old-time jazz and folk songs he'd learned over the years playing in bands such as
The Wags, Whiskey Puppy, and Jimbo Trout and the Fish People. After building a washtub bass for his friend Chuck Masi (Little Joe, Higher Ground) the pair set out to find other like minded musicians, and what could be better than a couple of good friends? Extraordinary trumpet stylist Jason Wells (March 4th) and slide guitar master Ben Bonham (Waikiki Steel Works) completed the core group, Jason adding the flowing melodies with his vintage cornet and Ben painting the rich textures with his own home made "Trash Steel" slide guitar. Sometimes joined by "Squish" the musical saw player, harmonica master Aaron Lowe, and cigar box fiddle phenomenon Ben Brooks, Trashcan Joe has a well rounded and always exciting sound.
All four core members are accomplished songwriters, and each member takes turns as lead vocalist, bringing unique and subtle variation to the overall sound. Original material coupled with classic standards from early Jazz and Blues to Movie Theme Songs and Swing, all played with drive and finesse. Recently adding sountrack work to the old resume, TCJ scored the music for the OPB special "Zig-Zag" which explored the stories of several Portland area commuters. The soon to be relased feature motion picture "Lipstick and Dynamite" will also include TCJ music as part of the soundtrack. Trashcan Joe is equally at home on a large performance stage as they are in an intimate venue, and with over one hundred tunes on the roster, Trashcan Joe can tailor a show to fit any occasion.
"It's as if someone is playing an old gramaphone record in surround sound." - Kelly Clarke, Willamette Week