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Memphis Jug Band Vol 1 1927 - 1928

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Memphis Jug Band


Memphis Jug Band
01 - Sun brimmers blues (take 2) Listen
02 - Stingy woman-blues (take 2) Listen
03 - Memphis Jug blues (take 2) Listen
04 - Newport news-blues (take 1) Listen
05 - Sometimes I think I love you Listen
06 - Sunshine blues Listen
07 - Memphis boy-blues Listen
08 - I`m looking for the bully of the town Listen
09 - I packed my suitcase, started to the train Listen
10 - State of Tennessee blues Listen
11 - Bob Lee junior blues Listen
12 - Kansas City blues Listen
13 - Beale Street mess around Listen
14 - I`ll see you in the spring, when the birds begin to sing Listen
15 - Snitchin` gambler-blues (take 2) Listen
16 - Evergreen money blues Listen
17 - Coal oil blues Listen
18 - Papa long blues Listen
19 - Peaches in the springtime Listen
20 - She Stays Out All Night Long Listen

Memphis Jug Band Vol. 1 (24th February to 13th February 1928)
Includes: Will Shade, vocal, harmonica, guitar; (Casey Bill) Will Weldon, vocal guitar; Charlie Polk, jug; Vol Stevens, banjo-mandolin; Jenny Clayton, vocal; Ben Ramey, vocal, kazoo; and others…
Genres: Memphis Blues, Jug Band, Country Blues, Blues Harmonica.
Booklet Notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
It's appropriate that the breakthrough to recording for Memphis jug bands should have been spearheaded by the Memphis Jug Band, even if it no longer appears that Will Shade's group was the first of its kind in the city. The good sales of their first coupling both ensured that Victor recorded them extensively for three years, and paved the way into the studio for the bands led by Gus Cannon, Jed Davenport and Jack Kelly. The Memphis Jug Band's sound changed considerably with time, but it was always instantly recognisable; at the outset, the band comprised Will Shade and Will Weldon, whose two guitars make a sound often very like that of St. Louis bluesman Charlie Jordan; Ben Ramey, whose chugging, inventive kazoo shared the melodic duties with the harmonica that Shade also played; and Charlie Polk, who played the instrument that gave the band its name. (Was it really Walter Horton, aged nine, playing harmonica on Sometimes I Think I Love You and Sunshine Blues?; the cry of "Toot it, Mister Tooter!" on the former track affords no clue, but it sounds like Shade on Sunshine Blues, which has only one guitar.)
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