Heavily influenced by Ragtime and early jazz, jug bands first emerged around Louisville, Kentucky during the 1890s. Bands created a rhythmic, rollicking sound that was perfect for street performance and entertaining crowds at the Kentucky Derby. Recently nominated by Motif Magazine as folk artist of the year, KC & The Moaners tries to stay as close to the traditional sound and energy as it is able, honoring the time, place, and people who created the original jug band sound.