His music was remarkable.
His grave was unmarked until the 2009 Jug Band Jubilee.
Earl McDonald led the Ballard Chefs’ weekly performances on Louisville’s WHAS radio for three years (1929-1932). Public response exceeded expectations, enhancing the popularity of jug band music throughout the eastern half of the United States. Earl McDonald’s voice and the rhythm of his jug blowing enlivened the recordings of more than 40 tunes with a half-dozen bands from 1924 to 1931.
In addition to his Original Louisville Jug Band, those bands included Louisville Jug Band, Sara Martin’s Jug Band, Clifford’s Louisville Jug Band, Old Southern Jug Band as well as the Dixieland Jug Blowers.
Generous contributors made the marking of this Legend’s grave a reality. We Jubilantly thank:
Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost ( the movie), Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, Jake Leg Stompers, Falk Audio, Gutbucket Jug Band (Australia), Juggernaut Jug Band, International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, Louisville Cemetery, National Jug Band Jubilee, Old Southern Jug Blowers (Japan), Searchin’ the Roots Jug Band (Germany)
Twenty Anonymous Jubilee Fans, Brandon Armstrong, Keith Baker, Tom Beck, Ron Bombardi, Chris Brandstatt, Eric Buhrer,Alison Drury, Steve Drury, Anthony Dunn, Kellie Everett, Gary Falk, Jacob Fishman, Fred Glock, Wayne Hagen, Ralph S. Helm, Mike Hoerni, Vicki Hoerni, Ed Horning, Dieter Koerner, Todd Kwait, Arlo Leach, Shugo Maki, Cissy Musselman, Aviv Naamani, Ed Ohr, Marcia Provette, Dot Ridings, Sam Rorex, Bill Steber, Bill Street, Eric Sylvester, Charlee Tidrick, Gloria Wenz, Rod Wenz, Jim (Whip) Williams