- Audio CD (November 18, 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Gazell Records
- ASIN: B000001K1K
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
One String Blues
Top Customer Reviews
Slide guitar does not get any more primal than this--a board, two nails, a length of broom-wire with a little bottle and scrap of wood to tension the wire. The rhythm is beat out on the string with a stick, and a whiskey bottle is used to change the pitch of the string. Simple in concept, but in order to get coherent music out of the instrument, the performer must pay attention to many subtleties. Jones makes masterful use of left-hand damping to obtain driving rhythms, bottle rolls (jumping the half-pint whiskey bottle from one edge to the other to make a 2-3 half-step change in pitch) and extensive use of the open string as a pedal note to maintain a tonal center. The man was a genius!
"One String Blues" is one of those very rare recordings that really can change your life. If you can find a copy do not hesitate to buy it. Thanks for recommending it, Shane!
More information on diddley bows and diddley bow players (including Eddie "One String" Jones) can be found in the article by Dr. David Evans in Afro-American Folk Art and Crafts (Center for the Study of Southern Culture Series). This book also contains an article on Lewis Dotson, another diddley bow player.Read more ›
But Eddie wasn't a child...and he wasn't anywhere near the Mississippi Delta. He was an eccentric musician who played his diddley bow with passion and precision. He really believed he was a major musician (read the liner notes to the cd...they're very detailed about the experience) and his playing proved him right.
It's one thing to play slide guitar using frets and position markers to guide your slide hand. It's another to play incredible tunes on a 2x4 with broom wire. Eddie "One String" Jones should be classified as a slide guitar legend because of his pitch and skill. His slide hand (he used a whisky bottle as a slide) hits each note perfectly.
I love this cd and have let many many friends borrow it. If you like slide guitar, blues, O Brother Where Art Thou music or anything labeled "outsider music," then you'll want to get this disc. You'll thank me later.
curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eddie "One String" Jones dialogue and songs accompanied by his home made "one-string" or zither monochord (as the liner notes describe it)are offerings that should be experienced... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Stephen A. Mathews
I love a lesson in simplicity. It's unreal how much music Mr. Jones could get out of one string and a whiskey-bottle slide. Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by JEREMY SAXON
I first heard this on and LP (remember 33 1/3?) in the late sixties when I bought it just because it looked interesting. I am really pleased to see it available on cd. Read morePublished on March 23, 2004 by Greg Burns