Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jack Kelly's Memphis Blues

Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band- Complete Recorded Works (1933-1939)

"Singer/guitarist Jack Kelly was the frontman of the South Memphis Jug Band, a popular string band whose music owed a heavy debt to the blues as well as minstrel songs, vaudeville numbers, reels and rags. Little is known of the hoarse-voiced Kelly's origins; he led the group in tandem with fiddler Will Batts, and they made their first recordings in 1933, followed in 1939 by a second and final session. Although the South Memphis Jug Band's lineup changed frequently, Kelly remained a constant, leading the group in various incarnations until as late as the mid-'50s; he died in Memphis in 1960."

Album Review:
"Document's Complete Recorded Works (1933-1939) is an exhaustive overview of Jack Kelly's career. However, for all but completists and academics, the disc is a mixed blessing due to its exacting chronological sequencing, poor fidelity (all cuts are transferred from original acetates and 78s), and sheer number of performances. Casual fans are better off with a less comprehensive package."

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rootsminer said...

Cheers for posting this. I lead a jug band in Roanoke, VA and we have been digging into Jack Kelly a lot lately. I'm not sure anyone else is playing it at all anymore.

Hard Luck Child said...

Hello, Rootsminer! I'm glad you like the Jack Kelly record! I just got into him recently. I'm not sure anyone is even playing Albert King anymore, let alone Jack Kelly! Maybe I should go to VA!