Memphis Minnie en The Memphis Jug Band <p>From 1927 through 1934, the Memphis Jug Band created an exceptional sound, combining harmonicas, violins, mandolins, banjos, guitars, washboards, kazoos, and, of course, jugs.&nbsp;</p><p>African American musicians from across the Mid-South centered on singer-songwriter Will Shade, otherwise known as Sun Brimmer.</p><p>Their music was a mix of blues, ballads, dance tunes, and knock about novelty numbers. At first, they played wherever they could around Memphis, but, soon, their music was popular with both black and white audiences.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:45:17 +0000 Steve Pike 18882 at The Memphis Jug Band The Flood of 1927 <p>Flooding along the Mississippi River is a danger that has always existed.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we have some protection against the forces of nature through improved levee and flood-wall systems.</span></p><p>But, in the early years of the 20th Century, such protection was minimal at best, and the yearly floods were a part of life on the Mississippi.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:51:41 +0000 Steve Pike 14216 at The Flood of 1927