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Imagine KISS as a jug band...
It's an elixer of old time medicine shows, Delta blues and punk rock...
Cigar box guitars, electric washtubs, washboards, harmonicas and flying rubber chickens...


You ever hear of "steampunk?" Well, consider this band JUGPUNK! 

The brainchild of Shane Speal, "The King of the Cigar Box Guitar," this band pays respect to the old Delta blues musicians who were so poor, they had to build their own instruments.  However, the Snake Oil Band isn't content to rehash the same old music.  Hell no...they take the old blues and mix it with pounding foot stomps, breakneck tempos and a stage show inspired by the shyster medicine shows of the American past. 

  • Shane Speal - cigar box guitars, vocals and stomping foot
  • Ronn Benway - washboards, rubber chickens and stunts
  • Aaron Lewis - harmonica, vocals and confetti cannons
  • Farmer Jon - electric washtub bass and high fives

The Snake Oil Band emerged from weekly jam sessions in the fertile music scene of York PA to become one of the area's biggest drawing bands.  It wasn't unusual to hear Shane and the boys kick out original murder ballads, peppered with insane jug band covers of Purple Rain and Personal Jesus along with songs by Led Zeppelin, Beatles and Hendrix.  They also belted out the blues icons, too: Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.  No song is ever played the same way and the band rarely uses a set list.  They just plug in and go.

Speaking of plugging in, audience members are usually shocked to see the presence of electric cigar box guitars, washtub basses and washboards.  The instruments are pure American grit, yet they're cranked thru blazing amplifiers.  It's a glitch in the matrix...a trip through the wormhole of the blues.  It shouldn't work, but dammit, it does.


cigarboxguitar's Story
Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band releases the long awaited "Holler" album, featuring one hour of pure stomp rock.  Cigar box guitars, washboards, electric washtub bass and harmonica chugging out the loudest blues this side of Hound Dog Taylor.

"If Rob Zombie had a jug band it would sound like this. This is Captain Spaulding’s blues. He’s going to play this song while he chases you around the tunnels under his basement and you’ll like it. The song’s protagonist is spending “49 YEARS” in the pen and he's not happy. Even the title is in CAPS; that’s mad. He’s got murdering in mind and you’ve got 49 MINUTES to live once he’s out. The sound is harsh, the percussion adds suspense, the shrieking slide and the howling harp add tension..."

"Not only did Shane shift my views on the cigar box guitar, and the genre of music he is pioneering, but I felt like I just unearthed the Holy Grail; forever changing my views on a genre of music that has the roots of simplicity and soul that lay within each of us."



Get the official Shane Speal Snake Oil Band "Holler Tour 2014" shirt. Just $18 + shipping.


Shane Speal solo at Spoutwood Farm Harvest Fest

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Spoutwood Farm, Glen Rock




Second Saturday in York

Downtown York PA