Agent: Tom Gold
The Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums from 1995-2000 and their watershed record Hot was certified platinum.
“Squirrel Nut Zippers continues to share joy, happiness on Lost Songs of Doc Souchon – American Songwriter
“… a spirited show that had fans on their feet and engaged… One of America’s premiere party bands is fighting fit again, and connecting with old and new fans alike.” – Illinois Entertainer (Live Review)
Squirrel Nut Zippers just released the new album Lost Songs of Doc Souchon as the follow up to the critically acclaimed Beasts of Burgundy. In it are ten brand new tracks, a combination of newly penned Zippers songs, along with a few tunes from long gone times. “This new album was inspired by all of the mysterious characters from the history of New Orleans jazz music,” commented band leader Jimbo Mathus. “It speaks to the hidden roots of where our aesthetic, interests and philosophy comes from. It pulls on the hidden thread.”
New singles from Lost Songs of Doc Souchon:
“Animule Ball” – Warm thanks to Fleischer Studios.
“Train on Fire” reunites the Zippers with Andrew Bird.
“Animule Ball” was originally recorded back in 1938 by Jelly Roll Morton. In keeping with that time period, Squirrel Nut Zippers turned to Fleischer Studios (home of Betty Boop) to use some of their historic animations for a brand new video for this song. “When I first started the Zippers the Max Fleischer cartoons were a huge part of our inspiration. The look, the music, all of it. So to have their blessing to use some of these characters and create something new with it is thrilling to me.” – Jimbo Mathus
The musical journey of the Squirrel Nut Zippers began in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie-cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus, along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips, formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.
Years later in 2016 and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, reinvigorated, reinvested, and rejuvenated. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life into the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic sound. A kind of uncontrolled experiment in music on the road allowed the band to feed off audiences energy and surrender to the dancing muse, rather than trying to subscribe to a preconceived notion.