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We were honored to play one of the best fests in the country for the first time! The incredible lineup included Pokey LaFarge, Langhorne Slim, Shinyribs, The Mavericks, Sam Bush, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Chuck Prophet & a heap more. Held at the Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX | April 16-19 2015

Old Settlers poster

Derby Day!

Derby Day Party 2015
We’re thrilled to return to the annual Kentucky Derby Day party at Eleven Madison Park. We’ll join The Crooners and Brain Cloud for the best derby party anywhere outside of Churchill Downs.

The Mel Bay Songbook!

We are exited to announce the printing of The Defibulators Songbook by Mel Bay Publicationsmel-bay-book-coverThe 116 page book includes songs from Corn Money as well as 6 songs from our upcoming album. It also includes lead guitar tablature, fiddle transcriptions, photos, illustrations, and a bizarre DIY section called Metalbelly’s Woodshed.

It’s been an honor to collaborate with Mel Bay on this unique book and to be included in their catalog.

Order your copy or download an e-book HERE

Watch this  short description of the book by Collin Bay. He’s the man.

“Everybody’s Got A Banjo” Photo Show at Chelsea Market

Everybodys Got A Banjo

Portraits by Teddy Telles

Song by The Defibulators

“EVERYBODY’S GOT A BANJO: Instrument of the Everybilly is a series of portraits taken August 28th in a photo booth at The Defibulators’ Debt’ll Get’em Album Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl.  Fans stormed the live “Everybody’s Got A Banjo” photo booth over a period of 4 hours where fashion/music photographer Teddy Telles shot hundreds of portraits. A selection of 50 portraits subsequently displayed at Chelsea Market in NYC for a six week gallery exhibition.

The photo project was inspired by The Defibulators’ the tongue-in-cheek new track of the same name which playfully skewers the instrument’s recent ubiquity in their home borough of Brooklyn and in pop culture more broadly. Everybody’s Got A Banjo premiered with a featured article in TIME on August 28th, 2013


Tweet or instagram your own banjo photos with the hashtag

The Defibulators’ Bug Jennings writes:
There was a time when the banjo was the American household instrument. More people knew how to play a banjo than they did a guitar.  The banjo was pop. Then as music styles evolved, it slowly got neglected, rejected, dejected, and ridiculed for about a hundred years. (Except of course within the hardcore bluegrass and folk worlds).  Now suddenly it’s come back full force and everybody wants to be its friend again.  A lot of people have realized what an great instrument it has always been, but beyond that, it’s become a trendy icon unto itself. It’s never ceases to amaze me where a banjo will turn up these days. Even the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines video has got a naked gal bouncing around with a banjo. Now, that’s gratuitous!  But it looks cool, so who cares what it sounds like or that’s it’s an incredibly difficult instrument to master.

POST YOUR OWN BANJO PHOTOS to @TheDefibulators #EverybodysGotABanjo

Mountain Stage

WVU Creative Arts Center
Morgantown, WV – 11/10/13

We made our Mountain Stage debut with a killer lineup featuring Deer Tick, Ed Kowalczyk (of LIVE), and Luray.

The Show will air on NPR stations across the country in March 2014.





Detroit Institue of the Arts

We had a blast playing Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
This was one of the most psychedelic rooms we’ve ever played, both visually and acoustically.
Thanks to Rudy, the crew, and all our D-Town friends for hanging out that night with us, Diego Rivera and Henry Ford’s workforce.

Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts