Born in Gainesville, Alabama in 1986 Burl “Jaybird” Coleman began playing harmonica around 1908 and settled in Bessemer in the early 1920s. From 1927 to 1930 he recorded 11 sides and unusually accompanied his harmonica playing with own singing. He developed probably the most varied and richest tone of all the recorded blues harmonica players and yet he was largely inactive after 1930 till his passing in 1950.

Here is Jaybird Coleman with Man Trouble Blues (1927)


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