In the first article of this series we looked at Daddy Stovepipe and I mentioned the other Stovepipe, Sam Jones, alias Stovepipe No. 1. This month we take a closer look at him.
Little is really known about Stovepipe No. 1. His real name was Sam Jones, he was probably from Cincinnati and he made his first records as a "one-man-band" in 1924, as did Daddy Stovepipe. Sam Jones in many ways was the opposite of Johnny Watson (Daddy Stovepipe). His solo records featured old-time tunes with bluesy cross harp playing, unlike Watson's blues pieces with old-time straight harp. Sam Jones also played with other people (unlike Watson who recorded solo, or in the company of his wife). His work with David Crockett and King David's Jug Band (along with his solo sides) is available on Stovepipe No. 1: Complete Recorded Works (1924-1950) & The Jug Washboard Band (1928)1.
I have chosen to transcribe his playing on the intro to Kid Cole's "Sixth Street Moan". Kid Cole is almost certainly Bob Coleman who led the Cincinnati Jug Band and it sounds like Sam Jones is the harp player with the Jug Band. These sides, plus the Kid Cole tune are available on the album Rare Country Blues Vol 3 1928 - 19362.
The transcription is fairly straightforward and illustrates some of Stovepipe's favorite ideas. Also check out the tongue-in-cheek bugle riffs later in the piece, as well as the classic ending.
1. Stovepipe No. 1: Complete Recorded Works (1924-1950) & The Jug Washboard Band (1928) (Document DOCD-5269). Click here for more details from Amazon.com or click here for more details from Amazon.co.uk
2. Rare Country Blues Vol 3 1928 - 1936 (Document DOCD-5642). Click here for more details from Amazon.com or click here for more details from Amazon.co.uk
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