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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: CANNON'S JUG STOMPERS


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parlour player - Posted - 11/17/2018:  05:15:56


Enjoy!


youtube.com/watch?v=nIlztUGZMTs

parlour player - Posted - 11/17/2018:  05:21:33


very coooollll!

youtube.com/watch?v=pyx0aBWGyAU

BobTheGambler - Posted - 11/17/2018:  07:13:17


Gus played a plain-old five string, usually in something approximating what would now be called the "classic style," so I'm not sure why this would be under the "four string" forum. One of my favorite bands ever.

Lew H - Posted - 11/17/2018:  08:15:05


Tony Thomas wrote a nice biographical chapter on Gus Cannon that is in the book Banjo Roots and Branches. The biography focuses, of course, on Cannon's repertoire and playing style. There has been controversy about how he picks the banjo, but Thomas believes that Cannon played with three and even four fingers. There are CDs compiled from 78 RPMs on Amazon of both the Jug Stompers and the Memphis Jug Band in which Cannon was a sometime member. Cannon's wonderful song Walk Right In was revived in the folk scare of the 50s and 60s.

BobTheGambler - Posted - 11/17/2018:  12:38:53


Gus Cannon did not play in the Memphis Jug Band, though he did make some later recordings with Will Shade.

davidcava - Posted - 11/17/2018:  14:57:43


Great banjo.......who care's if it's 5-4-3-2-1 strings

Lew H - Posted - 11/17/2018:  18:17:07


BobTheGambler You might be right. I have a 4 CD set of the Memphis Jug Band that I thought had Cannon playing with that group of varying membership. But since you called me out, I dug out the CDs and now notice that one CD is titled not MJB, but Cannon's Jug Stompers with Noah Lewis, Hosea Woods & Elijah Avery. Now I'm not sure what the deal was, but it's all wonderful music. Will Shade is listed on one of the MJB CDs.

BobTheGambler - Posted - 11/18/2018:  07:32:15


Will Shade was the leader of the Memphis Jug Band and was on pretty much all of their recordings with a rotating lineup of other musicians. Before his recording days, Gus Cannon played with other Memphis musicians including Jim Jackson. His first recordings as "Banjo Joe" were accompanied by Blind Blake playing fairly straightforward guitar backup. As I remember it, the success of the MJB inspired him to put together the Jug Stompers. His harmonica player Noah Lewis also made recordings with his own jug band, which included Sleepy John Estes on guitar and Yank Rachel on mandolin.

MacCruiskeen - Posted - 11/18/2018:  07:50:31


quote:

Originally posted by BobTheGambler

Gus played a plain-old five string, usually in something approximating what would now be called the "classic style," so I'm not sure why this would be under the "four string" forum. One of my favorite bands ever.






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