FEATURED ARTIST / S
|Big Bill Broonzy|
Big Bill Broonzy, vocal, guitar.
With contributions by: probably Black Bob, piano; Steele Smith, vocal, banjo; Roy Palmer, trombone, Jimmy Bertrand, washboard; probably Charlie Jackson, banjo and others.
Genres: Pre-war Blues, Mississippi Blues, Chicago Blues, Blues Guitar, Jug Band.
Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs.
From this†album's booklet notes.
By 1932 Big Bill Broonzy had got the measure of the music business. He was well known in Chicago and, with his winning ways and talent, had become intimate with the leading musicians of his time and place and was laying down the base of the edifice he graced so easily in later years when he became a father figure for the post war blues. He had also become a member of a loose group who performed knockabout and sometimes salacious numbers in a style that they advertised by the use of the name The Famous Hokum Boys. He also often appeared backing "Jane Lucas", in more than one of her manifestations, and these recordings, along with further explanation, will be appearing on other CDs in this series. Bill was still playing country blues though, and having worked conscientiously on his guitar playing could turn out masterpieces like Mr. Conductor Man, The Too Too Train and Bull Cow Blues but he also around this time put together his ' Jug Busters'. This group, whose exact membership is still a matter of contention, was made up of Bill, another guitarist, a pianist, a bass player, a kazooist and a washboard beater. A later grouping included a trumpet player, trombonist and a jug-blower. It was an indication of the way the urban blues was going. The pianist may have been the still obscure Black Bob.