John Dough Boys
Friday, July 12, 2019
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm
$5 cover at the door
The John Dough Boys
The John dough boys are a ruckus-inducing 5-piece string band formed in Southern Oregon. East met west, punk met bluegrass, and rock met folk, giving birth to a host of fast paced, foot stomping songs about women, beer, and bad decisions. The lineup includes upright slap bass, drums, fiddle, guitar, and banjo. Their aggressive live sound is infectious, and is sure to leave any one who witnesses it wanting more.
Larry Jenks – Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
In a quest to break the record for broken strings, Larry Jenks has scratched out a meager etch in songwriting and string-changing. First picking up a guitar at the age of 16, he joined his childhood friend, Jeremy Heady, to play open mics in their hometown of Rhinebeck, NY. After forming the John Doe Duo and moving to The Rogue Valley, the two would eventually meet and begin playing with Steve Howell and the John Dough Boys was born. With a disdain for bios and a love for beer and bowling, when not procrastinating, you can often find Larry picking up a 6-string acoustic guitar or blowing a note or two on the harp. He has also quickly been working his way towards that broken strings record.
Steve Howell – Vocals/Standup Bass
Found on a bar room floor by a Baptist priest, Steve Howell was exhumed from the fires and found himself in the punk rock scene. He lived and breathed punk until one day he realized that punk rock wasn’t exactly paying the bills. Having played roots music since the age of twelve, he went back to rhythm and blues and turned his attention towards folk music, which tended to pay the bills a little bit better. Steve started a bluegrass band called Ol’ Mount’n Due, garnering a large following in Southern Oregon. After that project ended, he met two so-called brothers known as the John Doe Duo. They combined forces, and Steve is still broke to this day, although he is well known as the best boat fabricator in the region.
Jeremy Heady – Vocals/6-String Banjo
Jeremy Heady hails from the Hudson Valley in New York. He started playing guitar in middle school, influenced by the blues and classic rock tastes of his parents. Later, he began writing songs of his own and teamed up with Larry Jenks to play open mic nights in their home town of Rhinebeck, NY. Eventually, the two would end up in Ashland, OR peddling a unique brand of folk, bluegrass, punk, and rock they called the John Doe Duo. After the duo met the infamous Steve Howell, the project snowballed into a full working band, and the rest is history. Jeremy studied physics in college and continues an interest in astronomy and astrophysics. He has also worked as a cook in the restaurant industry for over ten years and claims to make the best mashed potatoes on the planet.
Julian “Skinny Bones” Jones
Julian Jones has been playing the fiddle since his sixth birthday, adding up to 18 years of fiddling around. Julian began playing using the Suzuki method which teaches ear training at an early age so playing bluegrass and folk music came very naturally to him. Julian grew up with old-timey bluegrass and has been playing in that style of music as well as punk and metal bass and guitar.
John Johns is a professional multi-faceted musician specializing in percussion, classical guitar and music education. He is an alumna of the Southern Oregon University music education program and holds a Professional Musician’s Certificate from the commercial music program of Portland Community College. John has been a longstanding member of National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).