Birmingham Jug Band

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The Birmingham Jug Band was a hokum blues ensemble that recorded nine songs for Okeh Records in Atlanta, Georgia from December 10-19, 1930. The membership of the group is largely unknown, but may have included Jaybird Coleman on harmonica, Big Joe Williams on guitar, "Bogus Blind" Ben Covington, Dr Ross, One-Armed Dave, Honeycup on jug and New Orleans Slide on washboard.

Songs recorded by the group include "Bill Wilson" (to the tune of "John Henry"), "Big Road Blues", "Birmingham Blues", "Cane Break Blues", "German Blues", "Getting Ready for Trial", "Giving It Away", "Kicking Mule Blues" and "Wild Cat Squawl". The band was known for its free-wheeling and raucous style.

Discography

  • "Jaybird Coleman & the Birmingham Jug Band, 1927-1930: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order." Document Records. DOCD-5140 (link)

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