The Woogie Board is an electric washboard inspired and designed by Cody Dickinson, from the North Mississippi Allstars, and built by Saint Blues in our workshop in Memphis. We've added a special damped piezo to get just the right sound and wired that to a jack on the side so you can plug it in and not have to worry about finding a microphone or moving around the stage once you are miced-up.
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Cody Dickinson is widely known for his role as the drummer, keyboardist, and electric washboard maestro for the North Mississippi Allstars (NMA), and most recently the front man and guitarist for his own band, Hill Country Revue. He is the son of famed and legendary producer, Jim Dickinson. NMA are renowned for playing extended solo infused performances and appeal to a wide range of rock, blues, psychedelic and gospel music fans. Cody has enjoyed three Grammy nominations with the North Mississippi Allstars and has professionally contributed to multiple movie soundtracks. Cody has graced the stage and recorded with such artists from Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, John Hiatt, John Spencer to Robert Randolph. In 2007 he co-founded NMA’s record label Songs of the South Records. When he is not busy on the road (an average of 180+ shows a year) or in the studio (an average of 6+ projects a year) he can be found enjoying the company of friends and family in his hometown of Memphis TN.
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As traditionally used in jazz, zydeco, skiffle, jug band, and old time music, the washboard is played primarily by tapping, but also scraping the washboard with thimbles. Some Washboards are worn around the neck and played on the chest. These washboard were named "musical bibs" after the famous washboard player Cali Ivey once played the washboard while eating a chicken wing. In a jug band, the washboard can also be stroked with a single whisk broom and functions as the drums for the band, playing only on the back-beat for most songs, a substitute for a snare drum. However, in a jazz setting, the washboard can also be played with thimbles on all fingers, tapping out much more complex rhythms. The Blues Washboard is used in traditional blues music, starting in the late 1800s, when it was played by ex-slaves. It is a traditional instrument in playing the blues and has mainly been retired since the 1930s.