Barn Dance from Nora Jane & the Party Line

Carnival - Nora Jan Struthers & The Party LineNora Jane Struthers & the Party Line have released a live video, shot last week in Nashville. It was actually their first live show as a band, after spending time in the studio last year recording their first album together, due for an April release.

Struthers released a pair of records on her own before joining up with Bearfoot in 2011, with whom she recorded and toured until the Fall of 2012. She also toured sporadically with her own group, The Bootleggers, as a solo act, and as a duo with P.J. George. But she is now committed to the new band, who will be traveling all over the US in the coming year.

Jane is on guitar, and George on bass, with Aaron Lewis on fiddle, Joe Overton on banjo and Drew Lawhorn on percussion. Here’s their live take on Barn Dance, a Struthers song included on the upcoming album.


Look for the new CD, Carnival, on April 16.

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  • Dennis Jones

    Again, Those are drums….technically percussion, but that’s a trap kit…drums.

  • Jon Weisberger

    Actually, at several points during the video it is clear that Mr. Lawhorn, while seated behind a drum kit, is playing a washboard – i.e., percussion, not drums.

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  • Dennis Jones

    Can you see his feet moving OH Great Swami of All things Jon? The video is sort of low quality and I think I see the front head of the kick drum moving indicating something, i.e. the drummer, is playing it some. You are a stitch Jon, a real living stitch.

    • Jon Weisberger

      Regardless of what you think you might see, the fact is that anyone capable of viewing the video can definitely see Lawhorn playing a washboard; it can be seen right at the beginning of the video, again at 1:06, again at 1:22, again at 1:41 and again at 2:13.

      Since drums are percussion instruments, calling someone who plays them a percussion player is, as you agree, “technically” right. And since a washboard isn’t a drum, calling him “the drummer” is wrong – or, if you prefer, since you think maybe you might see a drum head moving, “technically” wrong.

      So the bottom line is, whatever point you were trying to make in the first place – I’m afraid that I’m not smart enough to have figured that out – will have to be made on some other basis, if it’s going to be made at all.

  • Dennis Jones

    OH Great Swami has spoken…*shiver*