Washboard Rhythm Kings

Washboard Rhythm Kings: Walter Barnes Royal Creolians

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This collector's LP has eight selections by the Washboard Rhythm Kings (taken from two sessions) plus all seven titles that were recorded by the ill-fated Walter Barnes and his Royal Creolians; the latter band (a fine 12-piece hot jazz group) perished in a fire a few years later. Most of the Washboard Rhythm Kings' performances (which feature trumpeter Valaida Snow among the three or four horns plus vocals by Lavada Carter and banjoist Steve Washington) have since been reissued on CD but the Barnes' titles are difficult to find, as is this valuable LP.