As the old saying goes, bad pennies have a way of turning up. In the case of The Bad Penny Pleasuremakers that’s definitely a pleasant surprise. Any old penny may bring you luck, but with these pennies you’re bound to have a wonderful time!
This music making lineup is centered around the husband and wife team of Matt Bell and Joy Patterson from New Orleans. Joy handles her share of the lead vocals, plays horn-like solos on the kazookaphone (picture a bugle-shaped kazoo with plunger mute) and keeps the danceable rhythms jumping with washboard and a table full of small percussion and sound effects, while Matt plays guitar, Hawaiian guitar and sings.
The Pleasuremakers’ repertoire mines nuggets from Tin Pan Alley, the Roaring 20s and the early Swing Era with a special eye to fun and humor. The novelty factor is coupled with joyful first rate musicianship, split second timing and tons of offbeat charm.