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Although the personnel of the Washboard Rhythm Kings changed a bit from session to session, the uninhibited swing, goodtime vocals and spirited ensembles were consistent features of their many recordings. The second CD in this series has four complete sessions from 1932. The sidemen include either Dave Riddick, Taft Jordan or Dave Page on trumpet, Jimmy Shine, Ben Smith and/or Carl Wade on reeds and such rhythm-section players as banjoist Steve Washington and drummer Leo Watson. Not all of the selections are classics but all are quite enjoyable including "You Can Depend on Me," "Was That the Human Thing to Do," "Tiger Rag," "Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn" and "Sloppy Drunk Blues."


Formed: 1928

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s

The Washboard Rhythm Kings (which had different personnel on each session) played jubilant jazz that defied the soothing musical trend of the early Depression years, featuring a washboard player and usually a couple of horns along with spirited group vocals. The emphasis was on basic goodtime music that fell between Dixieland and swing. It debuted as the Alabama Washboard Stompers in 1930, became the Washboard Rhythm Kings in 1931, and by 1934-1935 was known as the Georgia Washboard Stompers. Some...
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