Alabama Jug Band - Decca 7000 & 7001 (1934)

While in New Orleans last week for an anniversary weekend getaway, I thought I should use the opportunity wisely and go record hunting (I have a very accommodating and patient wife).

The first place I stopped had many New Orleans 78s but mainly on later labels...ones I would loved to have added to my collection but couldn't justify the asking prices. (Maybe next visit though)

I did spy these two records, almost blinding me with their original shine completely intact and with virtually mark free playing surfaces. Knowing I would never come across the complete output of the Alabama Jug Band's first of two recording sessions in this condition, I ponied up and brought them home.

Sticking with the New Orleans connection, the title Gulf Coast Blues was composed by Plaquemine native, Clarence Williams while Shimmy was composed by local son, Armand J. Piron.

Ed Allen c / Cecil Scott cl / Willie "The Lion" Smith p / Ikey Robinson bj, v (as Hambone Jackson) / ? Richard Fullbright sb / Floyd Casey wb / Clarence Williams jug.

Recorded in New York on September 5, 1934.

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