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Memphis Jug Bands

Cream (inactive) 13 Apr 99 - 06:15 PM
Brian Hoskin 14 Apr 99 - 03:03 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 14 Apr 99 - 05:27 AM
Rockaday Johnny 14 Apr 99 - 10:53 AM
tomtom 14 Apr 99 - 12:04 PM
RWilhelm 15 Apr 99 - 12:57 PM
tomtom 15 Apr 99 - 01:33 PM
puzzled 15 Apr 99 - 02:24 PM
tomtom 15 Apr 99 - 02:50 PM
Rockaday Johnny 16 Apr 99 - 01:22 AM
puzzled 16 Apr 99 - 10:33 AM
Mike Billo 16 Apr 99 - 10:52 AM
Rockaday Johnny 16 Apr 99 - 11:15 AM
tomtom 16 Apr 99 - 11:18 AM
Cream 16 Apr 99 - 06:59 PM
tomtom 19 Apr 99 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Cream (inactive)
Date: 13 Apr 99 - 06:15 PM

My friends and me have been inspired to try several of the old Memphis jug bands songs that we found on 'The Blues Collection' CD ( released as a magazine & CD set in the UK )- there are some by Cannon's Jug Stompers ( Gus , that is ) and others by the Memphis Jug Band - the rawness and simplicity of it is wonderful - but the arrnagements are sophisticated - they knew how to play ensemble - the trouble is diciphering the words - they sure mumble sometimes - anyone out there who can work out the last line of each verse of KC Moan ? - in fact maybe I've got all the words wrong because they dont make much sense - and also 'Move that thing' - or - is there a songbook of the old stringband tunes that might be of use to us ? - just joined this site - found the other discussion threads very interesting -


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Subject: Lyr Add: K. C. MOAN
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 03:03 AM

K.C. Moan - Memphis Jug Band (4 October 1929)

I thought I heard that K.C. when she blowed.
Oh, I thought I heard that K.C. when she blowed.
Oh, I thought I heard that K.C. when she blowed.
And she blowed like my woman's on board.

When I get back on that K.C. road.
Oh, when I get back on that K.C. road.
Oh, when I get back on that K.C. road.
I'm gonna love my baby just like I never loved before.

(Humming verse)


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 05:27 AM

There is supposed to be a collection of Jug Band Songs called "The Great Jug Bands" edited by Sam Charters. I have that written down with a reminder to myself to find out about it, but I don't recal where I got the info. I also don't know if it is a book or a record album. Anyone know>

Murray


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Rockaday Johnny
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 10:53 AM

The Sam Charters Jugband "Thing" was an lp collection on RBF (a Division of Folkways)in the early 60's if I remember right. It's possible it's still available as a custom cassette, although all the songs on it are available on CD elsewhere (Document has reissued just about all blues and jugband stuff on CD)


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: tomtom
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 12:04 PM

There's a pretty great collection of the Memphis Jug Band on Yazoo (1067)--complete with R. Crumb cover art. It's just called Memphis Jug Band. Pretty remarkable stuff, I think. I'm paticularly fond of one called Whitewash Station Blues. Anyone know it? If you wanna get to heaven / I'll tell you what to do / You put on a sock, put on a shoe / You place a bottle of corn / /in your right hand / that'll crash you right over in the promised land / And if you meet the devil / He asks you how ya do / I'm on my way to heaven don't you wanna go to / You know there's a place / that'll do just as well / Called Whitewash Station, 10 miles from hell.

I know this doesn't have much to do with the original thread, but I was just thinking to put out a jug band thread myself, to see if anyone was interested. Anyone have any other recommendations of 20s/30s jug band stuff?


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: RWilhelm
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 12:57 PM

Whitewash Station supposedly is a reference to the town of Whitestation which used to be the first train stop outside of Memphis heading East. It is now part of the city of Memphis. Metaphorically it is located "2 miles from Glory" and "10 miles from hell."

There is an incredible amount of great jug band music on CD now. The Memphis Jug Band collection and the Gus Cannon collection are probably the best. I just bought two CD's from Yazoo called "Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, vol. 1 & 2." It is all jug band music from the 20's and the 30's from Memphis and several other cities. Great songs and interesting arrangements. Some of those guys could make a jug sound like a french horn.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: tomtom
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 01:33 PM

Thanks for the info, Earl. I have this irrational fascination for train songs, too. I don't know how many I've collected over the last couple of years. There seems to be no end in sight, either. Nice to know the Whitewash reference. Thanks for the heads up on "Ruckus Juice & Chittlins" (great title, too). I'll be sure to check it out. Anybody out there have any idea where the jug band format came from? Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: puzzled
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 02:24 PM

Here is a list of jug bands that recorded in the 20's and 30's that i have read about or heard about somewhere in my constant searching. Very few of them have i actually heard but i know their recordings exist. I'll keep looking.

Picaninny Jug Band
Jolly Jug Band
Scorpion Washboard Band (c.1933)
The Red devils (1930-1931)
Salty Dog Four
Rhythm Willie and his gang
The Five Harmaniacs
Memphis Mudcats
Bobby Leecan & his Need More Band
Uncle Dave Macon & his Fruit Jar Drinkers
Georgia Crackers
A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly
Tweedy Brothers

My own pleasure is to also be interested in novelty bands such as the Hoosier Hotshots. Any other bands like them?


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: tomtom
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 02:50 PM

A lot of those names are on a Yazoo collection entitled "Times Ain't Like They Used To Be, Vol. 2"--including Bobby Leecan & his Need More Band, Uncle Dave, the Georgia Crackers, A.A. Gray & 7-Foot Dilly, and the Tweedy Bros. I also took a quick look at the "Ruckus Juice & Chitlins" collection recommended by Earl, and The Five Harmaniacs are listed on that one. So, the stuff is out there.

tomtom


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Rockaday Johnny
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 01:22 AM

Puzzled - first of all a number of artists on your list are old time stringbands - Macon, 7 foot dilly, Georgia Crackers and I think the tweedy brothers. Jolly Jugband was a 60's jugband fully called Jolly Joe and his jugband who recorded a great lp on Peidmont (13160)members included Bob Coltman ("Before they close the minstrel show" and record collector Joe Bussard (a great article on him including a photo of the Jugband lp appeared in the last issue of Old Time Hareld) --Some great listening is the 5 disc collection on the Memphis Jugband (Complete and with alt versions on Document (5021,5022,5023,RST 6002 and finally wolf 004) wonderful stuff also includes the Picaninny jugband because it's the same floating members.- Don't miss Clifford Hayes complete stuff on RST 5001-5004 Ed Kelly's Washboard band shows up on document 5168 Carolina blues (Complete) while Jed Davenport's jugband stuff shows up on RST 6028 Memphis Harp & Jugblowers Jaybird Coleman and the Birmingham jugbands complete works shows up on Document 5140 and some wonderful King David's Jugband and Stovepipe number 1 show up on Document 5269 and for the weird stuff try Memphis Sanctified Jugbands (document 5300 with some scary stuff bythe Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers --Don't miss Cannon's jugstompers - the document set is complete with Noah Lewis' jugband stuff added --That should keep you busy --great stuff! Document by the way is distributed by Arhoolie in California ENJOY!


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: puzzled
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 10:33 AM

i love this site because of the ability to get info like what you have just provided, Rockaday Johnny.
I for one greatly appreciate it.
But i thought the Jolly Jug Band was another version of the Picaninny Jug Band with slightly different performers? I also have to admit that i tend to think in terms of jugbands and string bands in the same breath because to me the music is so close to the same style. And i like learning tunes from both.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Mike Billo
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 10:52 AM

I highly reccommend a visit to the "Jug Band Rag" at http;//nj5.injersey.com/~jugband/ and follow the links to their Hall of Fame. Also, as long as the name Bobby Leecan came up, The 2CD document set the complete recorded works of Bobby Leecan and Robert Cooksey is one of the most listened-to CD's in my collection, and I argue the case for Leecan and Cooksey being the best guitar/harmonica duet of all time.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Rockaday Johnny
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 11:15 AM

puzzled I blew it -you are right - Jolly Jugband was a name used by Varsity records when they reissued a picaninny jugband record recorded august 32 "Tappin that thing" and "Got Good Taters" group was Charlie Burse. Vol Stevens, Will Shade Jab Jones & otto Gilmore -These of course, are all Memphis Jugband folks and the two recordings show up on "Memphis Jugband 1932 - 1934" RST (Document) 6002 part of the wonderful "Complete MJB Series" I guess I just jumped to conclusions 'cause i like the Jolly Joe lp so much


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands+
From: tomtom
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 11:18 AM

Thanks to everyone for all the great info. And as long as the discussion seems to be drifting into all manner of old-timey music, I was wondering about an outfit called The North Carolina Ridge Runners (Elmer Elliot & Dock Miller). I have two tunes of theirs on a collection called Music From the Lost Provinces: Stringbands from Ashe County, NC (1927-1931). From what I understand, they recorded a number of tunes back in the day, but I haven't been able to locate anything else. Some of the funniest old-time recordings I've ever heard. Elliot sings in a voice I can only compare to a spoiled infant's. Just wondering if anyone knew anything about these guys. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: Cream
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 06:59 PM

Fascinating where you people take a thread - as I said - I've just found this site so it is great to find such information pouring out of every corner - and an instant reply to the original request for the words to KC Moan - thanks Brian - dont understand the title tho when it's not mentioned in the lyrics - and what was the KC anyway ? thanks for all these jugband references - I'll check them out - thanks to all


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: tomtom
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 11:30 AM

The phrase "KC Moan" should probably be "Casey Moan." Casey Jones, the ill-fated engineer of folk legend (and real life), was said to blow his train whistle in a distinctive style, so that people who lived along the track knew when Casey was passing by. His distinctive style of whistle-blowing was known as the "Casey Moan."

tomtom


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 01:55 PM

The Baxter's did "KC Railroad Blues" - same tune (and similar words) as "KC Moan". This pretty evidently refers to the KC Southern Railroad Company.


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 03:56 PM

Here's an old thread that should prove useful: Jug Band Lyrics


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 03:58 PM

Or this one: Jug Band & Skiffle Songs


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Subject: RE: Memphis Jug Bands
From: PHJim
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 06:32 PM

The Kansas City Southern RR uses the initials KCS on their rolling stock and engines these days. Perhaps they left the "S" off at one time.


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