Foldin’ Bed- Whistler’s Jug Band

•January 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starting with the Jugband pioneers from Louisville Kentucky, Whistler’s Jug Band, led by guitarist and novelty player Buford Threlkeld (“Whistler”). It was the first band of its type to record (1924), and it featured a ragtime and jazz repertoire that predated the later blues favored by groups like the Memphis Jug Band. Whistler’s Jug Band became pioneers in preserving their music on film when they did this number for the Fox-Movietone newsreel in May 1930 (“Foldin’ Bed”). Whistler’s regular banjo player Willie Black is heard here, but other members are unknown.

Go here for a brief history of Jugbands and the like.