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The Sound of Memphis Jug Band

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Album Review

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.

Biography

Formed: Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s

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...
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