The Memphis Jug Band was an American musical group active from the mid-1920s through the late 1950s. The band featured harmonica, kazoo, fiddle and mandolin or banjolin, backed by guitar, piano, washboard, washtub bass and jug. They played slow blues, pop songs, humorous songs and upbeat dance numbers with jazz and string band flavors. The band made the first commercial music recordings in Memphis, and recorded more sides than any other pre-war jug band.

Beginning in 1926, various African-American musicians in the Memphis, Tennessee, area grouped around singer, songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player Will Shade (also known as Son Brimmer or Sun Brimmer). The personnel of this jug band varied from day to day, with Shade booking gigs and arranging recording sessions. The band functioned as a training ground for musicians who would go on to success with careers of their own.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Memphis Jug Band 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 The Best of the Memphis Jug Band 1
2005 Memphis Jug Band and Cannon's Jug Stompers 1
Complete Recorded Works 1927-1930, Volume 1 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1928 Lindberg Hop / Sugar Pudding 1
1928 Peaches in the Springtime Blues / Evergreen Money Blues 1
1929 A Black Woman Is Like a Black Snake / On the Road Again 1
1929 Stealin', Stealin' / Whitewash Station Blues 1
1929 K.C. Moan / Memphis Yo Yo Blues 1
1930 Cocaine Habit Blues / It Won't Act Right 1
1930 Meningitis Blues / Jim Strainer Blues 1

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