She'll Grow Back: Stagger Lee Saturdays: Fruit Jar Guzzlers

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stagger Lee Saturdays: Fruit Jar Guzzlers

I apologize for the silliness of the picture to the right there, but we know pretty much nothing about Fruit Jar Guzzlers (wiki AMG), except that they recorded their version of Stag in about 1928. I read about this version in Cecil Brown's excellent book Stagolee Shot Billy, which you should all buy immediately. The book is excellent, painstakingly researched, and for the most part easy going, even for the folkloric layperson such as myself. (The book was published by Harvard University Press, but the references to obscure folklorological and sociological terms are kept to a minimum, and the storytelling to a maximum.)

Anyway, here's this week's version of Stag, complete with authentic 1920's static.

Fruit Jar Guzzlers - Stack-O-Lee
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CD said...

Now THAT'S a band name.

Mark H. Besotted said...

Seems like ALL the old-timey bands had to have silly names.

For the record, if anyone downloaded in the first three hours after I posted and there's a glitch in the middle of the track, you can redownload -- I caught it after I posted and had to reup.

HowMarvellous said...

bring back daft names eh, another good version, thanks.

you might enjoy , like Stagger Lee was until recently, most all the songs/stories are unknown to me, but it looks real interesting.

Mark H. Besotted said...

In the name of all that is good and decent, how have I not seen this before?

100 versions of "John Henry"?! I DO like that site. I imagine I'll be publicizing them pretty soon.

Thanks for that link. Me likey.

HowMarvellous said...

I wondered, just a tiny bit, if you might do.... it was mentioned at, which is also good.