An intimate collection of previously-unreleased recordings from the Texan singer-songwriter: first drafts, alternate takes, covers and more. Xinxin by Xinxin. African Rhythms by Oneness of Juju. False Spring by Zachary Cale. Thoughtful and poetic folk with a Cosmic Americana flavor from the Brooklyn singer-songwriter. Gritty, noisy, and obstinate, this collaborative benefit LP cakes ragged riffs in gallons of distortion. Ann Arbor Blues Festival , Vol. Bandcamp Album of the Day Aug 5, Bandcamp Daily your guide to the world of Bandcamp.
Cannibal Corpse's George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher stops by for an interview. Explore music. Joe Hohman. Lubert Das. Joshua Di Narleo. Alice W. Paul McLoughlin. Patrick Principe. Andrew Sutherland. Paolo Agostini. Andreas Pospisil. Abner Wingate Jay July 15, — November 4,  was an American multi-instrumentalist from Georgia , best known for performing eccentric, blues infused folk music as a one man band.
His idiosyncratic lyrics and style have led some to consider his work outsider music ; he considered himself to be "the last working Southern black minstrel ". Reviewer Jon Dale has described his recordings as "one of the most individual takes on traditional song form to have risen from the 20th century". Jay was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia. His grandfather was a slave in Washington County, Georgia.
His grandfather was also a banjo player and imparted a vast repertoire of old-time and folk songs to Abner. Abner Jay began playing guitar and later banjo in medicine shows at the age of 5, and also performed for white plantation owners. From around , he performed as a one-man band. In his twenties, he survived throat cancer , resulting in his distinctive bass voice.
He became confidante and driver for " Prophetess " Dolly Lewis, a singer, evangelical preacher and healer in the Southern United States , and was briefly also the agent and manager of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. He spent many years traveling the South and playing concerts of "bittersweet but heartfelt comic blues" from his "converted mobile home that opened up into a portable stage, complete with amplification and home furnishings".
These concerts, as evidenced in his recordings, were often equal parts spoken word crude humor,  jokes, philosophical asides, rants and music. In the early s, he tried to start a career as a singer on Broadway in New York , but after that failed to materialize - and having some 16 children to support - he instead established himself as a live performer in clubs in and around Atlanta.