Let's just get it out of the way right now: There's no jug-playing in the South Austin Jug Band. And any bluegrass connotation should be spilled down the drain along with other moonshine-conceived notions. Sure, there's fiddle and mandolin, but there's also drumming, electric guitar and even digital looping. And Beck. Strange Invitation gets its title from a Beck lyric. Comparisons might meander more toward a Jack Johnson vibe or a low-intensity Grateful Dead (which, it should be noted, started out as a real jug band).
Strange Invitation is chock-full of melodic songs and South Austin Jug Band has solidified itself as a tour-de-force in the world of acoustic music.