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JPR Live Session: Blair Crimmins And The Hookers

Dixieland and ragtime wasn't Blair Crimmins' first musical stop, but it's the one he and his band The Hookers have made their home.  Their sound is a combination of witty lyrics, tight playing and the kind of deft percussion that almost sounds like they've got a sound effects guy in the band.

For years, Crimmins was a rock 'n' roller, but a freak accident left him with cognative and hearing loss, and the loudness of the music he was creating just wasn't palatable any longer. Instead, he turned to the music made popular in the early 21st century -- a slightly softer, but no less raucous combination of ragtime and dixieland, vaudville, and pop sensibility.

Crimmins brought his entire band into the JPR studio for the session. His latest release is called You Gotta Sell Something.


JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.