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Memphis Jug Band

Memphis Jug Band - band/ensemble

The Memphis Jug Band varied in composition but always included Will Shade, known also by a family name, Son Brimmer. Shade was not only a proficient guitarist but also a harmonica and jug player of some stature. He was born in Memphis, February 5, 1898, and worked with fellow Memphis musician Furry Lewis as early as 1917.

The Memphis Jug Band was formed in the early 1920s to play parties, clubs, and dances. The band's appeal was universal; they played for tips in Church's Park (now W.C. Handy Park) on Beale Street, swanky affairs at the Chickasaw Country Club, and for conventions at the Peabody Hotel. The band played the park not only for tips but also to learn new songs from other jug bands, such as Jack Kelly's Jug Busters (featuring Frank Stokes), the Three “J's” (featuring Sleepy John Estes), Robert Wilkins's four-piece outfit, and solo performers Gus Cannon (of Cannon's Jug Stompers) and Jim Jackson. In testament to their virtuosity, the Memphis Jug Band obtained the most lucrative gigs, including political rallies and private parties for E.H. Crump, Memphis' notorious mayor.

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Albums

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He's In The Jailhouse...
AFA
2003
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The Best Of The...
AFA
2001
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Best of the Memphis Jug Band : Classic Recordings of the 1920's
Best of the Memphis...
Yazoo Records
2000
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Peaches In Springtime...
AFA
1928
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[no cover]
Sometimes I Think I...
AFA
1927
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[no cover]
Memphis Jug / Newport...
AFA
1927
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