The band that brought the world Perennial Favorites, Hot, Bedlam Ballroom, and The Inevitable are on the road together again. Featuring original and founding members Katherine Whalen, Jimbo Mathus, Chris Phillips, Je Widenhouse and Stuart Cole - the Squirrel Nut Zippers perform selections from the entire catalog, plus new songs and the occasional cover. In addition most shows include a video performance of the amazing Ghost of Stephen Foster cartoon, created by their friends at The Simpsons.
The band still rejoices at the difficulty people have in pigeonholing their unmistakable sound. A rich, hybrid-stew of Southern roots traditions, the Zippers were aptly tagged "30s punk" by one critic. They have always flirted with a muse most concerned with ghosts, fever-dreams, love gone wrong and characters that seemed to have been torn from the pages of a long forgotten novel. Centered around the beguiling vocals of Katherine Whalen and the anachronistic windup toy that is Jimbo Mathus, the Zippers promise to both charm and confound.
Since 2001, the members have kept themselves more than busy. Katherine Whalen has released several solo albums, including the critical favorite Dirty Little Secret. Jimbo Mathus has released several solo records, worked as musical director for legendary blues musician and Grammy winner Buddy Guy, and operated a recording studio outside of Memphis. Chris Phillips spent time playing with the Dickies and was the composer for the Comedy Central television show Lil' Bush. Je Widenhouse performs throughout the country with his Dixieland jazz group The Firecracker Jazz Band. Not to be outdone, Cole has written "Dancing to Morocco", a travel guide for Northern Africa based on his recent touring in the region with the Amazing Dancer Troupe.