When I heard Squirrel Nut Zippers today on NPR it got me thinking. I was wondering if it was possible to put together a list of dieselpunk music.
First, how to define it would seem to be a challenge. While it's tempting to include the actual bands of the 20's through 40's (Gotta love Count Basie, Glenn Miller and such) it seems to me that we might want to limit ourselves to contemporary bands.
Second, if we're going to limit ourselves to contemporary bands then what style of music is the next question. It's my opinion, for what it's worth, that possibly we should limit it to bands and entertainers who's style pays tribute to the era while not necessarily playing the same songs.
Finally, trappings and style I would assume should have a feel for that era though again not necessarily the same. So we could allow those who dress in pseudo-twenties or thirties.
So here's some bands that come to mind:
Squirrel Nut Zipper (as previously mentioned)
Henry Connick, Jr.
Great American Swing Band
Brian Setzer Orchestra
I would love to hear what others think.