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A serious bevy of stomping, outsider blues by one-man band and “last ole minstrel man” Abner Jay, including an early version of his anthem ‘I’m So Depressed’ on vinyl for first time
Collected by the ever-reliable Mississippi Records, ‘Man Walked On The Moon’ takes its title from Abner’s paean to the Moon (this should have been on the Voyager Golden Record) and also includes the aforementioned anthem ‘I’m So Depressed’, which really, really gives some gravity and relativity in the modern age - especially with the chuckles at the end! - while the B-side showcases the remarkable range of Abner’s voice in some of his final recordings, in the switch from fluttering upper registers to his signature deep lows in ‘I Cried’, to the hollering urgency and playfulness of ‘My Middle Name Is The Blues’, and the devastating hush of ‘Cocaine Blues’, all accompanied on a banjo that dates back to 1748, harmonica, and drums played by his feet.
All tracks are fully licensed from Brandie Jay, Abner’s daughter, and packaged with loving text tribute by Jack Teague. An unmissable introduction to one of the Blues greatest and legendary players!