ABNER JAY “My Middle Name is the Blues” (Mississippi Records, 2011)
Wonderful new release by Mississippi Records. Abner Jay has been playing these same songs since 1926. He plays and sings theses songs in the original style, a One Man Band. He plays banjo, drums, harmonica and sings all at the same time. Abner loved the Ole Swanee River water. He drank about a gallon of Swanee water per day. He claimed this is why his voice is so deep and low.
After several unsatisfied studio tests from 1996 to early 1997 with Tom Verlaine as producer, Jeff Buckley decided to isolated himself for a few months in Memphis and to compose alone, demo songs on a four tracks tape recoder. He wanted to recreate the original atmosphere from his beginning at Sin-é venue in New York. He stayed alone in a house with a few pedals, a mic and his guitar. He finally sent a demo tape to his band in N.Y asking them to come and record theses new songs. He died the day the band arrives in Memphis, drowned in the Mississippi River. This song is from the demo tape he recorded.