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1    Stealin', Stealin' (2:58)
2    On The Road Again (2:51)
3    Cocaine Habit Blues (2:51)
4    Lindberg Hop (2:50)
5    Newport News Blues (3:09)
6    K.C. Moan (2:36)
7    He's In The Jailhouse Now (3:14)
8    Sometimes I Think I Love You (3:08)
9    Fourth Street Mess Around (3:19)
10    You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back (3:05)
11    What's The Matter? (2:55)
12    Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues (3:07)
13    Memphis Shakedown (3:04)
14    Whitewash Station Blues (2:46)
15    Insane Crazy Blues (3:10)

Banjo – Vol Stevens
Drums – Robert Burse
Guitar, Vocals – Charlie Burse, Vol Stevens, Tewee Blackman
Guitar – Will Weldon
Harmonica – Will Shade
Jug, Vocals – Jab Jones
Jug – Hambone Lewis
Kazoo, Vocals – Ben Ramey
Mandolin, Vocals – Charlie Burse
Percussion – Robert Burse
Violin – Charlie Pierce
Vocals – Charlie Nickerson
Vocals – Hattie Hart

 

A rollicking collection of street musicians led by the irrepressible Will Shade, the Memphis Jug Band dominated the town's blues culture in the 1930s with their jazzed-up version of country standards. Some of Memphis' most creative blues players shuffled in and out of Shade's group, among them harmonica maestro Walter Horton, mandolinist Charley Burse, slide guitar ace Will Weldon, jug popper and comic Charlie Polk and vocalist Hattie Hart. And always close at hand was kazoo man Ben Ramey, whose nattering instrument at times leavened--and other times marred--the group's fluid picking and singing. The group's almost-instant success among blues buyers in 1927 paved the way for similar jug groups led by Gus Cannon and Jack Kelly. The rolling "Memphis Jug-Blues" and "Sometimes I Think I Love You" set the pattern for the band's easy-paced, humorous efforts. Sweet-natured, romantic rags alternated with tough-minded tracks that played off the violent, comic nature of Memphis life. The most sardonic titles included "I Whipped My Woman with a Single-Tree" and "I Can Beat You Plenty"; their most enduring recording is "Stealing, Stealing," decades later a favorite in the jug band revival that swept through the folk community in the 1960s. The prolific band recorded nearly 70 songs for Victor and OKeh between 1927 and 1934, dropped only after their quaint country stylings fell out of favor with record buyers who preferred more urbane musicians such as Leroy Carr and Walter Davis. Undaunted, Will Shade kept putting together new versions of the Jug Band as late as the 1960s. Only his death in 1966 ended the long-running group. ---jugstore.com

 

There is an interesting story behind the jug band. Jug bands had existed since at least 1905 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sides from an assortment of jug bands are included on CD B of Richer Tradition Country Blues & String Band. Will Shade, a native of Memphis (1898 - ?) teamed up with "Lionhouse, a man who played an empty whiskey bottle, and found they could draw an audience (and money) street busking. He got Lionhouse an emply gallon jug, and gathered together some other musicians, and the Memphis Jug Band was born. They typically played with a two guitar lead (but not always), and besides the jug usually had a harmonica and kazoo. Occasionally there was a banjo, or mandolin, and rarely a fiddle or drums. The composition of the band varied over time. They recorded sides on the old 78 rpm vinyl records, and the 23 sides remastered by Yazoo for this CD were recorded from 1927 to 1934 (they are not in chronological order on the CD). ---Fred Camfield, amazon.com

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The Blues Collection 41- Memphis Jug Bands - Walk Right In http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/14189-the-blues-collection-41-memphis-jug-bands-walk-right-in.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/14189-the-blues-collection-41-memphis-jug-bands-walk-right-in.html The Blues Collection 41- Memphis Jug Bands - Walk Right In

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1.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Bring It With You When You Come 	2:45 	
2.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Minglewood Blues 	4:43 	
3.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Viola Lee Blues 	3:06 	
4.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Pig Ankle Strut 	3:03 	
5.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Walk Right In 	2:56 	
6.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Ripley Blues 	3:01 	
7.Cannon's Jug Stompers – Feather Bed 	3:13 	
8.Memphis Jug Band – 	Sun Brimmer's Blues 	3:09 	
9.Memphis Jug Band – 	Sugar Pudding 	2:43 	
10.Memphis Jug Band – K.C.Moan 	2:31 	
11.Memphis Jug Band – A Black Woman Is Like A Black Snake 	2:48 	
12.Memphis Jug Band – Cocaine Habit Blues 	2:48 	
13.Memphis Jug Band – On The Road Again 	2:48 	
14.Memphis Jug Band – Stealin' Stealin' 	2:56 	
15.Memphis Jug Band – Move That Thing 	3:06 	
16.Memphis Jug Band – Cave Man Blues 	3:06 	
17.Memphis Jug Band – It Won't Act Right 	2:31 	
19.Memphis Jug Band – He's In The Jailhouse Now 	3:14 	

 

Gus Cannon was the best known of all the jugband musicians and a seminal figure on the Memphis blues scene. His recollections have also provided us with much of our knowledge of the earliest days of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. Cannon led his Jug Stompers on banjo and jug in a historic series of dates for the Victor label in 1928-1930. The ensemble usually included a second banjoist or guitarist, one of whom often doubled on kazoo, and the legendary Noah Lewis on harmonica. The jug-band style enjoyed a revival during the folk boom of the '50s and '60s, resulting in an ultra-rare Gus Cannon album on Stax, of all labels, after his "Walk Right In" became the nation's best-selling record for the Rooftop Singers in 1963. Cannon's Victor output was also a favorite source of early blues material for the Grateful Dead. --- im O'Neal, Rovi

 

Memphis Jug Band, one of the definitive jug bands of the '20s and early '30s, this seminal group was comprised of Will Shade, Will Weldon, Hattie Hart, Charlie Polk, Walter Horton, and others, in various configurations. Guitarist/harpist Will Shade formed the Memphis Jug Band in the Beale Street section of Memphis in the mid-'20s. A few years after their formation, Shade signed a contract with Victor Records in 1927. Over the next seven years, Shade and the Memphis Jug Band recorded nearly 60 songs for the record label. During this time, a number of musicians passed through the group, including Big Walter Horton, Furry Lewis, and Casey Bill Weldon. Throughout all of the various lineup incarnations, Shade provided direction for the group. the Memphis Jug Band played a freewheeling mixture of blues, ragtime, vaudeville, folk, and jazz, which was all delivered with good-time humor. That loose spirit kept the group and its records popular throughout the early '30s. Although the group's popularity dipped sharply in the mid-'30s, Will Shade continued to lead the group in various incarnations until his death in 1966. ---Cub Koda, Rovi

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Memphis Jug Band with Memphis Minnie & Hattie Hart 1927– 30 http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/9762-memphis-jug-band-with-memphis-minnie-a-hattie-hart-1927-30-.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/9762-memphis-jug-band-with-memphis-minnie-a-hattie-hart-1927-30-.html Memphis Jug Band with Memphis Minnie & Hattie Hart 1927– 30

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1. Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green - 3:10
2. Oh Ambulance Man - 2:43
3. Cocaine Habit Blues - 2:50
4. Jim Strainer Blues - 3:20
5. Cave Man Blues - 3:08
6. Fourth Street Mess - 3:18
7. It Won't Act Right - 2:33
8. Bumble Bee Blues - 2:55				play
9. Meningitis Blues - 3:13
10. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues - 3:08
11. Stonewall Blues - 3:28
12. Spider's Nest Blues - 3:07
13. Papa's Got Your Water On - 2:31
14. Going Back To Memphis - 2:27
15. He's In The Jailhouse Now - 3:13
16. Got A Letter From My Darlin' - 3:01
17. Round And Round - 3:04				play
18. You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back - 3:06
19. Move That Thing - 3:09
20. You Got Me Rollin' - 2:32
21. Son Brimmer's Blues - 3:12
22. Stingy Woman Blues - 3:17
23. Newport News Blues - 3:11
24. Snitchin' Gambler Blues - 3:13
25. Lindberg Hop - 2:19

Memphis Jug Band
Will Shade - harmonica, guitar, vocal
Ben Ramey - kazoo
Will Weldon - guitar, vocal
Charlie Polk - jug, vocal
Vol Stevens - banjo, mandolin
Charlie Burse - guitar, vocal, mandolin
Jab Jones - jug
Hambone Lewis - jug
Charlie Nickerson - vocal
Hattie Hart - vocal
Milton Roby - violin
Memphis Minnie - vocal, guitar

Tracks 16,17,18,19 and 20
Memphis Jug Band as Memphis Sheiks and Carolina Peanut Boys
Will Weldon, Ben Ramey, Charlie Nickerson, Will Shade and Charlie Burse

 

From the late '20s through the mid-'30s, Will Shade's Memphis Jug Band mapped out a street corner litany of blues, rags, and pop standards of the day, all with a wink and a grin. The prototype jug band, Shade's rotating lineup recorded some 60 sides for Victor Records, including the stately (for a jug band) "K.C. Moan" and the first version of the venerable "Stealin' Stealin'," both collected here. Also included are more topical tracks ("Cocaine Habit Blues," "Coal Oil Blues") and some uptown dance cuts ("Jazzbo Stomp," "Gator Wobble," "Lindberg Hop") that show the versatility of this fine Beale Street band. ---Steve Leggett, Rovi

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Memphis Jug Band - State of Tennessee Blues (1995) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/3754-memphis-jug-band-state-of-tennessee-blues-1995.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1318-memphis-jug-band/3754-memphis-jug-band-state-of-tennessee-blues-1995.html Memphis Jug Band - State of Tennessee Blues (1995)

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1. Sun Brimmers Blues [3:44]
2. Stingy Woman Blues [3:28]
3. I Packed My Suitcase, Started to the Train [3:31]
4. State of Tennessee Blues [3:50]
5. Bob Lee Junior Blues [3:27]
6. Kansas City Blues [3:09]
7. I'll See You in the Spring, When the Birds Begin to Sing [3:23]
8. Snitchin' Gambler Blues [3:39]
9. Evergreen Money Blues [3:40]
10. Coal Oil Blues [3:49]
11. Papa Long Blues [3:26]
12. Peaches in the Springtime [3:22]
13. Sugar Pudding [2:59]
14. A Black Woman Is Like a Black Snake [3:06]
15. Feed Your Friend With a Long Handled Spoon [3:09]
16. I Can Beat You Plenty (That Hand You Tried to Deal Me) [3:09]
17. Tired of You Driving Me [2:56]
18. I Whipped My Woman With a Single-Tree [3:17]
Personnel: Vol Stevens (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin); Will Shade (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Charlie Burse, Casey Bill Weldon (vocals, guitar); Ben Ramey (vocals, kazoo); Charlie Polk, Hattie Hart, Jab Jones (vocals); Charlie "Bozo" Nickerson (piano).

 

State of Tennessee Blues offers 18 tracks from the miraculous Memphis Jug Band, all recorded between 1927 and 1929, during the first three years of the group's collective career. Though the band recorded a number of exuberant, jazz-oriented breakdowns, particularly during its post-Depression resurgence, State of Tennessee Blues tends typically toward its more plaintive, slow-dragging moments -- dirge-like, whiskey-drenched, and gravelly, invested with the steady rocking rhythms of work and of sex, of the good-times dancing construed as a defense from the blues. The group's versatility remains evident throughout the collection, enhanced by the fine contributions of an ever-shifting membership of Memphis musicians. Perpetually at the helm is the arguably ingenious, multi-faceted Will Shade, joined at turns by Vol Stephens on mandolin, Charlie Burse or Will Weldon on guitar, and Jab Jones on jug; singer Jennie Clayton joins the number on the title track and on a couple of others, providing near-tortured vocals on "Bob Lee Junior Blues," which evolves in the end into a pounding instrumental take on "Careless Love." Though this collection lacks such "greatest hits" as "Stealin' Stealin'" or "K.C. Moan," Memphis Jug Band seems incapable of turning out a single dud, and the more obscure titles are richly entertaining and endlessly soulful. State of Tennessee Blues offers considerably good sound quality and no overlap with Yazoo's definitive Memphis Jug Band collection. Though the Yazoo album may provide the beginner's best introduction to the band, this compilation, released by the Memphis Archives label, is also a first-rate testament to one of the finest down-home outfits of its or any other era. ---Burgin Mathews, Rovi

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