FEATURED ARTIST / S
|Carl Davis and The Dallas Jamboree Jug Band|
|Dallas String Band|
|Frenchy`s String Band|
|Jake Jones and The Gold Front Boys|
Includes: Coley Jones, vocal, mandolin; William McCoy, vocal, harmonica; Sam Harris, guitar; Marco Washington, stand-up bass and others…
Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Texas Blues, String Band, Blues Harmonica.
Informative booklet notes by Kip Lornell.
Dallas, is the focus for this anthology. Perhaps the most delighted musician of the bunch is Coley Jones, the guitar and mandolin playing leader of the exuberant Dallas String Band. This string ensemble played on the streets of Dallas in the mid-to-late 1920s, charming listeners with its repertoire of turn-of-the century popular songs (Chasin' Rainbows and I Used to Call Her Baby), ragtime (Dallas Rag), and blues songs (Sweet Mama Blues). Jones himself was an older songster whose own recorded repertoire included many song types found among late 19th and early 20th century songsters (DOCD 5161 and 5163).
Harp blower and singer William McCoy is another performer recorded by Columbia about the same time. His versions of Mama Blues and Train Imitation And Fox Chase are similar to those found by many other Southern (both black and white) performers. The tough blues singer, Will Day, debuted shortly after Jones and Central Avenue Blues celebrated one of Dallas' more notorious streets. The most recent selections, by the Dallas Jamboree Jug Band, incorporate several "semi-legitimate" instruments, including washboard and kazoo, with brass bass into a unique sound. Their version of Elm Street Woman Blues relates to its listeners something of life on the thoroughfare that formed the centre of Dallas' black nightlife from the teens through the 1950s.