One String Blues Jones And Hazelton


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CDTAK 1023

A tendency exists among some music journalists to dismiss as apocryphal tales of black blues musicians making their own instruments from strands of wire, cans and pieces of wood (even though such legends as Muddy Waters and Big Joe Williams claimed to have started out their musical education in just such a way). The instrument Eddie 'One-String' Jones** plays, on these gutsy, street recordings from 1960, proves just how powerful the music produced on such a simple instrument can be. Often called diddley bows, single-string chordophones similar to Jones' one-string guitar were frequently found throughout the southern USA in the years prior to the 1970s.At the time these recordings were made, musicologists were actively attempting to classify all the various traits and styles of African-American music by strongly emphasising the African roots of the blues. Though there are echoes of single-string African instruments in this particular one-string 'guitar', Jones' improvised instrument and music overwhelmingly bear testament to the kind of personal resourcefulness and performance skills any talented individual inevitably brings to the folk process.The accompanying tracks featuring Hazelton's harmonica are rudimentary but also represent a worthwhile addition to the hobo canon. For this CD reissue, extra performances, never previously released, have been added to the original LP.

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