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Relax Your Mind

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Three Songs, A Look At The Era (Sistema Kate's Night Out): I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate - Heebie Jeebies - 15 Cents
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Hannah
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Bye And Bye
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The Cuckoo
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I Ain't Never Been Satisfied
Artist: Jim Kweskin, Marilym Kweskin
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Eight More Miles To Louisville
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I Got Mine
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Buffalo Skinners
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Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
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Guabi Guabi
Artist: Jim Kweskin, Fritz Richmond
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My Creole Belle
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Relax Your Mind
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 45:07

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Gus Cannon and the Rise of Jug Band Music

By John Morthland, Contributor

Jug band music originated in Louisville, Kentucky, around 1905, but reached its fullest flowering in Memphis in the 1920s. Though there were others, two groups in particular dominated Beale Street: the Memphis Jug Band, led by Will Shade, and Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers. The former came first and was more popular at the time, but it's the Cannon/Stompers legacy that has best endured. In 1963 the Rooftop Singers, a Greenwich Village folk trio featuring Erik… more »

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Released in 1966, Relax Your Mind finds Jim Kweskin taking a break from his jug band for a mellow solo effort. He’s joined by harp player Mel Lyman and washtub bassist Fritz Richmond for what amounts to a stripped-down jug band on a dozen tracks. Two of the tracks, “I Got Mine” and a long version of “Buffalo Skinners,” were recorded live at Club 47 in Cambridge. Even stripped down, the arrangements of traditional songs like “The Cuckoo” are quite lively when placed side by side with the one-singer/one-guitar approach preferred by some revivalists. Kweskin’s guitar and Richmond’s bass keep time and fill in the background while Lyman adds asides and flourishes to Mississippi John Hurt’s “My Creole Belle” and Grandpa Jones’ “Eight More Miles to Louisville.” Richmond helps out on the vocal of “Guabi Guabi,” an African folk song recorded a couple years earlier by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Marilyn Kweskin sings a fine lead on “I Ain’t Never Been Satisfied.” Overall, Relax Your Mind is a subdued recording, and lacks the irresponsible hijinks fans had come to expect from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Compared to other more traditional folk with barebones arrangements, however, Relax Your Mind is a lively affair. The album also shows that good folk recordings continued to be made after Dylan supposedly pulled the plug on the folk revival in 1965. The packaging of the 2003 reissue by Universe reprints the original liner notes and looks great. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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