Memphis Jug Band

The Essential Memphis Jug Band

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The Essential Memphis Jug Band Review

by Steve Leggett

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.

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