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One String Blues

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One String Three-Quarter Banjo Picker - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  2. Rolling And Tumbling Blues - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  3. Walk With Me Lord - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  4. Come Back Baby - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  5. John Henry - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  6. I'll Be Your Chauffeur - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  7. It's Raining Here - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  8. Baby Please Don't Go - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  9. The Dozens - Eddie 'One String' Jones
  10. Mocking The Train, Mocking The Dogs - Edward Hazelton
  11. Poor Boy Traveling From Town To Town - Edward Hazelton
  12. Hard Rock Is My Pillow - Edward Hazelton
  13. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time - Edward Hazelton
  14. Throw A Poor Dog A Bone (And How Blind Boy Fuller Learned To Play) - Edward Hazelton
  15. Red River Blues - Edward Hazelton


Product Details

  • 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)

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I bought the album "One String Blues" at Shane Speal's suggestion almost three years ago, and it is truly a gem. I instantly fell in love with the raw sound of Eddie "One String" Jones' diddley bow, and from the information on the first track of Jones describing his instrument and the information and pictures in the CD liner notes, I built my own version of Eddie Jones' instrument and taught myself to play it in his style--it is now my main instrument.

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.
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By A Customer on July 3, 2000
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These recordings are all that exists of street musician Eddie Jones' music. Playing a home made instrument akin to the African diddleybow, Jones' Delta inspired blues sounds primative and authentic. Jones shares this CD with another street musician, Edward Hazelton, who accompanies himself alone on harmonica to interesting effect. If you're wanting something original and authentic, this is about as unique as it gets.
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i like this cd. it is truly unique. the music created by this homemade instrument is exceptional. there is even a diagram of a diddley bow drawn on the inside cover, in case, i guess, someone would like to make one. (actually playing it though,would probably be much harder than it looks.) it's hard to believe that something made from a 2x4, a piece of wire, and an empty paint can can sound like that. i am a blues musician and have a large collection of blues music. this cd just about completes my slide blues collection. the songs themselves aren't that great, and there's a lot of talking also. that's why i would only recomend buying this cd to someone who is a serious collector. i don't think the average "joe" would dig it too much. in other words, if you're looking for stevie ray vaughn, you got the wrong cd. jersey slim
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Eddie "One String" Jones was discovered in LA's Skid Row carrying a instrument made from a 2x4 plank, a single broom wire, bottles and a paint bucket. The instrument was unmistakably a 'diddley bow,' the fabled one-string instrument played by poor children in the South.

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.

-Shane Speal

curator of the National Cigar Box Guitar Museum.
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