Luke Faust

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Luke Faust (born 1936) is an American musician. In the early 1960s he played a five-string banjo and sang Appalachian ballads, at The Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York City. For five or six years Faust performed with Jerry Rasmussen. One of his fellow entertainers at the Gaslight was Bob Dylan who described Faust as "Someone closer in temperament to me."[citation needed]

Faust moved to Hoboken, New Jersey in 1963.[1] In the early 1960s he briefly played the jug performing with the Holy Modal Rounders. He would get on stage with a full gallon of red wine and unscrew the top, take a few chugs and start playing. His tone would get deeper as the gig went on.

In the late 1960s Faust was a founding member of the band The Insect Trust, he was the band's banjo, fiddle and harmonica player. Later in the 90's he went on to form 'The Jug Jam' an improvisational Jug band with Perry Robinson, Lou Grassi and Wayne Lopes. Faust also played with 90 proof - a band with Steve James.

Faust is currently performing with The Carolina Jug Stompers playing rags, blues and breakdowns in the old-time jug - stringband style. Luke’s contributions to music has been described in Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, and Dave Van Ronk's The Mayor of MacDougal Street.


With The Insect Trust

  • 1969 The Insect Trust
  • 1970 Hoboken Saturday Night

With Dave Van Ronk

  • 2000 Dealin' With The Devil

Songs of Robert Johnson

With The Carolina Jug Stompers

  • 2005 Rooster on a Limb

1. Money Never Runs Out 2. Maybelle Rag 3. Going to Germany 4. Bum Bum Blues 5. New Orleans Wiggle/ Somebody Stole My Gal 6. Gin Done Done It 7. Under the Chicken Tree 8. Lonely One in This Town 9. Cotton Picker’s Rag 10. Central Georgia Blues 11. Rooster on a Limb 12. Please Baby 13. Podunk Toddle 14. K.C. Moan 15. Georgia Pines 16. Busted 17. Carolina Shout/ House Rent Rag


  1. ^ "The Insect Trust; Luke Faust" Archived 2012-12-01 at the Wayback Machine., Perfect Sound Forever. Accessed February 6, 2013. "I moved to Hoboken in 1963 when I was 27. I'd been there a year working on the docks and doing all kinds of jobs, studying painting, playing music occasionally. I've never been a full-time musician."


  • La Gorce, Tammy.: Throwing Rock Snobs a Bone, The New York Times Sunday December 18, 2005. Section 14NJ; Column 4; New Jersey Weekly Desk; Music; Pg. 14.
  • POP/JAZZ;STAMPFEL'S BOTTLE CAPS: A MERRY MIX OF MUSIC by Robert Palmer. The New York Times May 16, 1986, Friday, Late City Final Edition.
  • Bob Dylan's book Chronicles.
  • Dave Van Ronk’s The King of Greenwich Village

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