Let’s Explore The Blues – Memphis Jug Band

The Real Canadian Music Blog

In the late 20’s and early 30’s a group of Memphis musicians played in an ensemble known as the Memphis Jug Band.  The players came and went, with one constant, Will Shade.  Will wrote the songs, played harmonica and guitar as well as handling vocals.  The players were many.  It was almost a school for up and coming artists.  Will would book the gigs and recording sessions and arrange the players.  The venue never knew who would show up,  Some of the people who passed through were Casey Bill Weldon, Memphis Minnie, Charlie Burse, Charlie Nickerson, an endless list.  their sound was, how to say it, interesting.  They used jugs, kazoos, washboards, you name it, it was in there.  The bands heyday extending into the mid 30’s when demand for their services died off.  The band’s members drifted off and the Memphis Jug Band was…

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Posted on April 16, 2012, in Blues, History, Music and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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