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To kickstart Squirrel Nut Zippers’ second act, Jimbo Mathus went back to the place that defined its first one

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“I started the band in the first place, so I’m the one who can call any band Squirrel Nut Zippers. I’m the only one.”

Charleston City Paper | September 26, 2018

Hot takes: Tom Maxwell discusses the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ surprising hit record

“When we went out into the world, people were like, ‘What the fuck are you?’ They didn’t know Fats Waller. They didn’t know any of that shit, and they weren’t interested in schooling themselves on it. And then the jazz people were like, ‘You can’t play in tune. You are not an obvious rung on this ladder of linear musical progress to which we’ve subscribed for 50 years. You really need to go the fuck away.’ I actually thought, ‘If the rock people hate us and the jazz people hate us, then we seriously must be doing something right.'”

Indy Week | December 15, 2015