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Best of the Memphis Jug Band

The Best of the Memphis Jug Band

by Memphis Jug Band
     
 
The liner notes implicitly state that no other jug band surpassed the Memphis Jug Band in breadth and scope. They played all styles -- blues, rags, and pop -- and performed them better than their competitors. Since few listeners or reviewers are experts on jug bands, there is little use in arguing the point. All one need do is

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The liner notes implicitly state that no other jug band surpassed the Memphis Jug Band in breadth and scope. They played all styles -- blues, rags, and pop -- and performed them better than their competitors. Since few listeners or reviewers are experts on jug bands, there is little use in arguing the point. All one need do is place The Best of the Memphis Jug Band in the disc player and listen. There are classics like "Cocaine Habit Blues" ("Hey, hey honey take a whiff on me") and the Jimmie Rodgers hit "He's in the Jailhouse Now." Utilizing banjo, guitar, harmonic, a jug, and a kazoo, Will Shade and a number of cohorts stick to a relaxed groove on catchy pieces like "She Stays Out All Night Long" and the bluesy "Meningitis Blues." Deadheads will also recognize old favorites like "On the Road Again" and "Stealin' Stealin'," leftover from the Grateful Dead's jug band days. The Memphis Jug Band plays with a tranquil surety, perfectly in sync with one another on songs like "State of Tennessee Blues." A helpful essay by Don Kent and Bengt Olsson reviews the history of the band, while the song notes list the individual players on each track (a non-existent piece of knowledge on many early recording sessions). The recording quality is also good. The Best of the Memphis Jug Band offers 70 minutes of first-rate traditional music and is a fine introduction to the band. It's also a necessary addition to the music library of anyone who appreciates old-time music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Yazoo
UPC:
0016351205926
catalogNumber:
2059
Rank:
52785

Tracks

  1. Tired of You Driving Me
  2. A Black Woman Is Like a Black Snake
  3. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
  4. Papa's Got Your Bath Water On
  5. On the Road Again
  6. K.C. Moan
  7. Cocaine Habit Blues
  8. Coal Oil Blues
  9. You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back
  10. Memphis Yo Yo Blues
  11. Memphis Shakedown
  12. She Stays Out All Night Long
  13. Meningitis Blues
  14. Stealin' Stealin'
  15. He's in the Jailhouse Now
  16. Taking Your Place
  17. Ambulance Man
  18. Beale Street Mess Around
  19. Going Back to Memphis
  20. State of Tennessee Blues
  21. Insane Crazy Blues
  22. Memphis Jug Blues
  23. Got a Letter from My Darlin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Jug Band   Primary Artist
Memphis Minnie   Guitar,Vocals
Tewee Blackman   Guitar
Charlie Burse   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Hattie Hart   Vocals
Jab Jones   Vocals
Hambone Lewis   Jug
Charlie "Bozo" Nickerson   Vocals
Charlie Pierce   Fiddle
Ben Ramey   Kazoo,Vocals
Will Shade   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Vol Stevens   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Will Weldon   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Charlie Polk   Vocals,Jug
Robert Burse   Percussion,Drums
Jennie Mae Clayton   Vocals
Charlie Pierce   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Charlie Burse   Composer
Hattie Hart   Composer
Will Shade   Composer
Richard Nevins   Producer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
Jennie Mae Clayton   Composer

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