To turn me on to jug band music, my friend, "Cousin Dave," made me a CD that he called "An Introductory Primer to the Vast World of Jug Band and Jug Band Related Music." This disc featured "Low Down ...
Whistler and His Jug Band
Time period: Pre-WWII
Date nominated: Apr 9, 2010
Date inducted: Sep 1, 2013
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It's unclear why someone with a name like Buford Threlkeld would need a nickname, but this band leader was known for playing the nose whistle, and the rest is history.
Threlkeld moved to Louisville, KY in 1915 and apparently started his jug band shortly thereafter, making Whistler's Jug Band one of the oldest bands to be recorded. His first jug player, B.D. Tite, was a true pioneer, having started playing jug around 1900 and given lessons to Earl McDonald, while his last jug player, Rudolph Thompson, was a child prodigy, first recording at the age of 13.
Today, Whistler is probably most famous for his YouTube video of "Foldin' Bed" (also available on DVD from Yazoo records), which is the only existing video of a pre-war jug band in its prime.
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