The Memphis Jug Band was one the popular jug bands of the 1920s and 1930s. The leader of the band was Will Shade who played guitar, harmonica and Bullfiddle. Shade continued to put together jug bands in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Thanks to Mordechai Litzman and Owen Miller for their help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Black Woman Is Like A Black Snake
(J.B. Jones / Will Shade)
9-11-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38015-A
Ambulance Man Blues 5-17-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38605
Bluebird
B-5040
Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
(J. Mae Clayton)
5-29-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23347
Beale Street Mess Around
(Vol Stevens)
10-20-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21066-A
Bob Lee Junoir Blues 10-19-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21412
Boodie Bum Bum
(Will Shade)
11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8956
Vocalion
3182
Bottle It Up And Go
with Charlie Burse
11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8959
Vocalion
03080
Bumble Bee Blues
(Minnie McCoy)
5-26-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38599-A
Caveman Blues 5-21-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38605
Coal Oil Blues 2-13-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21278
Cocaine Habit Blues 5-17-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38620-A
Evergreen Money Blues
(Will Shade)
2-1-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21657-B
Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green
(Charles Rickerson)
5-12-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38599-B
Feed Your Friend With A Long Handled Spoon
(Will Shade)
9-27-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38578-B
Fishin' In The Dark 11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Vocalion
03175
Fourth Street Mess Around 5-21-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23251
Gator Wobble 11-6-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8958
Going Back To Memphis
(Marks / Bishop / Gifford)
11-26-1930 Victor
23310
Gonna Cut It Tonight 11-8-1934 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
Got A Letter From My Darling 11-26-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
He's In The Jail House Now 11-21-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23256
I Can Beat You Plenty (That Hand That Tried To Deal Me) 9-27-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38586
I Can't Stand It 9-17-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38551-A
I'll See You In Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing 10-20-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21066-B
I'm Looking For The Bully Of The Town
(Will Shade)
6-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20781-B
Insane Crazy Blues
with Charlie Burse
11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8959
Vocalion
03080
I Packed My Suitcase, Started To The Train 10-19-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21412
It Won't Act Right
(Will Shade)
5-21-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38620-B
I Whipped My Woman With A Single Tree
(Will Shade)
10-4-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38578-A
Bluebird
B-5040
Jazzbo Stomp 11-6-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8955
Jim Strainer Blues 5-21-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23421
Jug Band Quartet 11-8-1934 Okeh
8966
Vocalion
03050
Jug Band Waltz
(Will Shade)
9-15-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38537-B
Kansas City Blues
Vocal refrain by Shade - Ramey -Weldon

(Will Shade)
10-19-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21185-A
Bluebird
B-5430-A
K.C. Moan
(Tewee Blackman)
10-4-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38558
Bluebird
B-5430-B
Lindberg Hop (1)
(Will Shade / J.B. Jones)
9-11-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Lindberg Hop (2)
(Will Shade / J.B. Jones)
9-11-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Little Green Slippers 11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8966
Vocalion
03050
Mary Anna Cut Off
(Will Shade / J.B. Jones / C. Burke)
11-6-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8960
Memphis Boy Blues 6-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20809-B
Memphis Jug Blues 6-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20576
Memphis Jug Blues 2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Memphis Shakedown 11-8-1934 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8960
Memphis Yo Yo Blues 10-4-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38558
Meningtis Blues 5-26-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23421
Mississippi River Waltz
(Will Shade / Ben Ramey)
9-15-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38537-A
My Business Ain't Right 11-8-1934 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8958
My Love Is Cold 11-6-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8963
Vocalion
03081
Newport News Blues (1)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
unissued
Newport News Blues (2)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Oh Ambulance Man 5-17-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
On The Road Again
(Will Shade / J.B. Jones)
9-11-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38015-B
Overseas Stomp
(Will Shade / J.B. Jones)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Papa's Got Your Bath Water On 6-5-1930 Victor
23251
Papa Long Blues 2-13-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21278
Peaches In The Springtime 2-13-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21657-A
Round And Round 11-26-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23256
Rukus Juice And Chittlin' 11-8-1934 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8955
She Done Sold It Out 11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
Vocalion
03081
She Stays Out All Night Long (1)
(Will Shade)
2-13-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
unissued
She Stays Out All Night Long (2)
(Will Shade)
2-13-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
8963
21524-B
Spider Nest Blues 6-5-1930 Victor
23319
Sometimes I Think I Love You
(Will Shade)
6-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20809-A
Snitchin' Gambler Blues(2)
(Will Shade)
2-1-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21524-A
Snitchin' Gambler Blues (3)
(Will Shade)
2-1-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
21524-A
State Of Tennessee Blues
Vocal refrain by Jennie Clayton - Will Shade

(Clayton / Will Shade)
10-19-1927 Atlanta, Georgia Victor
21185-B
Stealin' Stealin' (2)
(Will Shade)
9-15-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Stealin' Stealin' (3)
(Will Shade)
9-15-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38504-B
Stealin' Stealin'
(Will Shade)
9-17-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38504-B
Stingy Woman Blues (1)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
20552-A
Stingy Woman Blues (2)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
20552-A
Stonewall Blues 5-29-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23347
Bluebird
Sugar Pudding
(J.B. Jones / Will Weldon)
9-11-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Sun Brimmers Blues (1)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Sun Brimmers Blues (2)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
unissued
Sun Brimmers Blues (3)
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
2-24-1927 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
Sunshine Blues
(Will Shade / Will Weldon)
6-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20781-A
Take Your Finger Off It 11-7-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Vocalion
03175
Taking Your Place 10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23347
Tear It Down Bed Slats And All 11-6-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Okeh
8956
Vocalion
03182
Tired Of You Driving Me 10-3-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38586
What's The Matter?
(Will Shade)
9-17-1929 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38551-B
Whitewash Station Blues 9-15-1928 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
V-38504-A
You Got Me Rollin' 11-28-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back 11-26-1930 Memphis, Tennessee Victor
23267
Artist Instrument
Tewee Blackman Guitar
Charlie Borse Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
J.B. Jones Piano, Jug, Vocals
Hattie Hart Vocals
Hambone Lewis Jug
Memphis Minnie Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Nickerson Piano, Vocals
Charlie Pierce Violin
Charlie Polk Jug, Vocals
Ben Ramey Kazoo, Vocals
Milton Robie Violin
Will Shade Guitar, Vocals
Vol Stevens Mandolin, Vocals
Will Weldon Guitar, Vocals