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Jitterbug Vipers - Tweet The Jitterbug Vipers line-up as featured on this website are no longer performing as Slim passed on May 31, 2015. Sarah has a new project and the Jitterbug Vipers are now performing with Bree Bruns on vocals.
Crazy - Tweet Slim & Sarah recorded this cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” a while back for the next album.  Slim’s still busy kicking cancer’s ass, so we’re starting to share it with a few radio friends 😉  Willie’s daughter Paula Nelson has been playing it on her Sun Radio HWY 290 show. THANK YOU PAULA!!!! and


Official SXSW 2015 Showcase - Tweet Here is our official SXSW schedule. Thursday, March 19 12:00 midnight- 12:40AM Elephant Room 315 Congress Ave We have also just added a stripped down (a.k.a. minimal drums, no piano) showcase at the Hyatt Regency Second Play Stage. Great line-up, we’re honored to be among them. Wednesday, March 18 6:00PM- 6:40PM Hyatt Regency 208


Update: Slim Richey Takes a Lickin, Keeps on Pickin AGAIN - Tweet UPDATE Jan. 2, 2015 Happy New Year! Slim’s back! He just played a string of shows in Terlingua. He’s had 2 rounds of chemo to fight Lymphoma. He’s skinnier than hell, but he’s on the mend. Happy New Year indeed! Nov. 20, 2014 Slim is not well, Y’all. He is very, very unwell. We opened for


A song on CBS “The Good Wife”! - Tweet We are so excited to have our song “A Viper Just The Same” on the CBS show “The Good Wife” Season 6, episode 7, which aired November 2nd! Our song plays in the bar in a drinking scene between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Finn (Matthew Goode).  #WorldDomination
Thanks Stephen Tobolowsky! - Tweet Big recommendation: The Jitterbug Vipers. Been listening non-stop. New old 40’s style viper songs. Phoebe’s Dream is the name of the album. — Stephen Tobolowsky (@Tobolowsky) October 12, 2014
Live on KXAN Studio 512 TV - Tweet The Jitterbug Vipers performed the song, A viper Just the Same! The Jitterbug Vipers specialize in a beloved cult jazz offshoot called “viper jazz,” a screeching U-Turn back to the party where jazz music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of improvisatory musicianship. For their most recent album, Phoebe’s Dream, the group


Exclusive Premiere on Folk Radio UK: Jitterbug Vipers – Crazy (Song of the Day) - Tweet We are honored that Folk Radio UK has partnered with us for an exclusive premiere of our new single. Folk Radio Uk is the leading UK music blog & radio station covering Folk, Roots, & Americana LISTEN HERE to our cover version of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy”  

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  1. Rodger Rudkin

    Note for Slim: Was trying to reach you after I learned of the “hit and run” this spring. Hope all is well and you have no residuals from the concussion.

    Have two grand neices at UT this year, one a graduate student, Kellyn Wieland, and the other, Caroline Wieland, a Sophmore. Their parents, Stuart and Kyra Wieland are going to be spending Thanksgiving in Austin and I’ve given this website for reference and hoping they’ll see you at the 606 Club on Friday after Thanksgiving day. If you are not playing with the group that evening, would you let me know?

    I’m hoping they get to see you perform. You were good when I knew you but man, have you gotten great!!! I’ve watched several of the You Tubes of your performances and am really impressed with how far you’ve come.

  2. $2 Bill

    It was a fun show at the AWHQ Christmas Bazaar. I’ve been enjoying your CD and imagining an evening with some icy gin, a joint, a benny, and a sultry blonde. I’m looking forward to one of your shows at the Continental Club. But what is “ASS to the People?”

    • francie

      “ass to the people” is our drummer’s description of our bass player’s stance while playing… she said one time to sarah<our singer, that " mojo is always so ass to the people"… so we have taken it up as our battle cry… so to speak.

  3. Stephanie Chastain

    Hi There–we are looking to book a jazz band for Saturday, March 24th–an Austin Discovery School Gala in East Austin.Please advise us of your availability and cost for a 3-4 hour event.

    Many Thanks!

  4. Rod French

    I just heard you at 400 Congress in Austin. I love your sound. Your vocalist has the most gorgeous voice and the music is wonderful. It’s nice to hear refinement.


    • admin

      Thank you, Rod! Come hear us at The Elephant Room some time. We are there next week on Monday 6:30 – 8:30 & Thursday 6-8. Free Happy Hour.

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