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This second volume in Document's project to reissue the complete recorded works of Jim Jackson in chronological order isn't quite as necessary as the first, since that volume contains what are arguably his most important and interesting songs ("Kansas City Blues," "He's in the Jailhouse Now," "Old Dog Blue'," "I'm Wild About My Lovin'"). True, there are some worthwhile tracks here as well, including "What a Time," "Traveling Man," "Hesitation Blues," and a particularly impassioned version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," but Jackson wasn't a striking enough guitarist or singer to overcome mediocre and cliché-ridden material, and there's plenty of that here, too. Document has also issued both of these volumes in a double-disc set, which may be preferable to collectors and blues scholars, but until someone issues a decent single-disc overview of Jackson's recordings, casual listeners should probably stick with the first volume.


Born: 1890 in Hernando, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s

Jim Jackson was a singing guitarist with a folk and blues repertoire as vast as Huddie Ledbetter's and a pre- to early-20th century minstrel-like manner similar to that of Henry Thomas. Enormously popular for a short while thanks to the competitive efforts of agents working for the Victor and Vocalion record companies, Jackson became regionally famous in Memphis and Chicago during the '20s, then went back home during the Great Depression and died in 1937. Home was the town of Hernando in northwestern...
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