July 07, 2009

Hobo Raga...

Eddie "One String" Jones was discovered on LA's Skid Row in 1960, carrying a 2x4 plank, with a single broom wire stretched along it, and a tin can mounted over one end. Although discovered isn’t strictly true. He had, in fact, approached folklorist Frederick Usher himself, and spanked his 'diddley bow' (or three-quarter banjo) by sliding a half-pint bottle along the wire with his left hand, striking the wire near the tin can with a whittled stick in his right, demonstrating “the onliest music that can't be captured by six strings”. Released at a time when musicologists were desperate to order and classify the sub-genres of African-American music, One String Blues ending up in the ‘ethnic musics’ section of public libraries, and its potential audience of stoners, goof-offs and garage freaks really missed out, because “One String”’s sound is weird: droney grooves and minimalist beauty accompanied by Jones’s gabber-patter which sounds literally out-of-this-world. Accompanied by the more straightforward melancholy blues of South Carolina harmonica man, Edward Hazelton, One String Blues is a masterclass in moon-touched authentic madness. (Andrew Male)

Eddie "One String" Jones/Eddie Hazelton - One String Blues (Takoma, 1968/recorded 1960)




  1. This is really cool, thanks for this crazy stuff.

  2. I had "heard about" one-string slide blues (in a collection of early, pre-electric Muddy Waters recorded by the library of congress), but I haven't "heard" any. Thanks again. The thing I love most about these types of recordings is that they are so far outside the music "industry". Nobody is pulling the strings, except for maybe the devil.

  3. powerfulbacklegsThursday, July 09, 2009

    totally into this

  4. Very cool, thanks for the music!

  5. Like your blog, great post. Thanks.

  6. Hi from Cy
    Thanks for posting this. I read about it, now I can hear it.
    Keep on keeping on posting music from the left field.
    Cy from Pck