One String Willie
Diddley Bow Discography

Willie Joe [Duncan] and His Unitar – The killer track "Unitar Rock," is available on Teen Beat Vol 4. Ace CDCHD 655.   "Twitchy" and "Cherokee Dance" are available on The Specialty Story Specialty 5SPCD-4412-2.


Louis Dotson "Sitting On Top Of The World" on Bothered All The Time, Southern Culture SC 1703

Glen Faulkner – "Cotton Pickin' Blues," "Louisiana Blues," "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah," "Get Right Church And Lets Go Home," on The Spirit Lives On: Deep South Country Blues and Spirituals in the 1990s, Hot Fox HF-CD-005 (German CD, now out of print). 

Jessie Mae Hemphill – two tracks (one accompanied By Compton Jones) on Heritage of the Blues: Shake It, Baby, HighTone HCD 8156.  Two tracks (accompanied by Compton Jones and Glen Faulkner) on Get Right Blues, Inside Sounds ISC-0519.

Compton Jones – One track, "Shake 'Em On Down," on Afro-American Folk Music from Tate and Panola Counties, Mississippi, Rounder 1515 (CD).  With booklet notes by diddley bow scholar David Evans.

Eddie "One String" Jones – One String Blues, Takoma Records CDTAK 1023.  Nine tracks, the first one an interview of Eddie Jones where he tells how he built his instrument.  This is an excellent CD of one of the true masters of diddley bow, and the booklet notes includes a drawing and some photographs of his instrument and of him playing.  Note that on this CD, Eddie Jones sings and plays a version of "The Dozens," a game of musical and rhyming insults that gets pretty crude—this one track makes the CD inappropriate for young kids. 

Lonnie Pitchford – Pitchford was another diddley bow master.  He can be heard on four tracks on National Downhome Blues Festival Volume One  Southland SCD-21, "Train Coming Around the Bend," "My Babe," "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "One-String Boogie."  Two tracks on All Around Man Rooster R2629 "Real Rock Music:  Crawlin' Kingsnake" and "My Babe."  One track on Living Country Blues, Evidence ECD 26105-2 ("Boogie Chillen").  Also, another "One-String Boogie," and "My Baby Walked Away" on American Folk Blues Festival '83; "Johnny Stole An Apple," Living Country Blues USA - Volume 7: Afro-American Blues Roots; "My Baby Walked Away" on Living Country Blues USA - Volume 9: Mississippi Moan and (yet another) "One String Boogie" on Living Country Blues USA - Volume10: Country Boogie

Napoleon Strickland – One track, "Key to the Blues," on Bottleneck Blues, Testament 5021 (CD). (This same cut also appears on the CD Africa and the Blues).

Moses Williams – four tracks on a double-LP anthology of Florida blues produced by the Florida Folklife Program. (Drop on Down In Florida, Florida Folklife LP 102-103).  This LP is long out of print, but a free CD Music from the Florida Folklife Collection from the Florida Folklife Program presents a killer cut of Williams playing and singing "Which Way Did My Baby Go?" 

"One String Sam" [Wilson] –Two cuts ("I Need $100" and "I Got to Go") from the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival on Please Mr. Foreman:  Motor City Blues, Schoolkids' Records SKR2101-2.  Two tracks on Rural Blues Vol 1 (1934-1956), Document Records B000000J8B ("I Need $100" (studio version) and "My Baby Ooh").

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