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Memphis Jug Band with Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers
Audio CD – Number of Discs: 4: JSP Records, 2005.

This music has always had a special place in my heart, and as an Americana gospel performer, I go back to this style much in playing for church and coffeehouse gigs. If you want to go mining for good solid tunes to play, go here or buy Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music. It is one of maybe 10 sources for evidence in a course I would call Americana 101. Unlike Louis Armstrong, who was making a big town name for jazz and blues at the time, this is the street music played in the rural South and Memphis. It is hard not to smile when you hear this wobbly stuff… KA Ward

A fairly comprehensive collection of memphis Jug Band numbers including most of the favorites as well as some precious gems such as “Jug Band Waltz”. Other artists are excellent, especially the collection of Cannon’s Jug Stompers. A must have for anyone interested in jug music or blues. Best of all the compilations I know. —J. Falconer

This to my knowledge is the best single collection of jug band music currently available, and can be highly recommended to anyone interested in that music, or as an introduction to anyone who wants to have at least one album of it. The remastering is very good, and the liner notes good. I think most people would agree that, though all the discs are enjoyable, the final Cannon’s Jug Stompers disc is head and shoulders above the others: I’d give that one individually five stars. This set will also appeal to fans of classic rock, who will find in it the originals of songs later covered by major rock, folk rock, and folk revival artists, like “Stealin’, Stealin'”, “Viola Lee Blues”, “Walk Right In”, and “Bring It With You When You Come.”— Jon Corelis


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