One fine old day in old LA, in the year of nineteen and sixty, one Frederick Usher met Eddie "One String" Jones
, heard him lay down some deep blues on his diddley bow
, and was so taken with Jones' monochord
masterpieces that he ran home, grabbed his tape recorder and recorded Jones in the alley. One other recording session ensued soon thereafter, which was released
as an LP in 1964. By that time, however, the mysterious Eddie Jones (if that was even his real name) was long gone, and was never heard from again. [NOTE: see hoverovers for link descriptions]
In case you didn't read the hoverover accompanying the released
link in the FPP, I'd like to reiterate here: the Amazon.com page is linked to because of the reader comments, and one in particular, that includes a wealth of diddley bow-related links. And yes, those links are also to Amazon pages, but anyone really interested in this stuff will appreciate the pointers, I think.
Eddie "One String" Jones also appears on this compilation
Here's a blog from a fellow who put the liner notes from the release One String Blues
at the top position in his list of the Greatest Liner Notes Of All Time
A monochord player is part of this charming junk-instrument band in Malawi
In this clip, Alan Lomax makes mention of the African origins of the diddley bow, and takes a look at bluesman Lonnie Pitchford
, another one-string plucker.
Here's a fellow calls himself Seasick Steve
, playing an instrument virtually identical to that of Eddie "One String" Jones, except that Steve has his running through an amp.
And here you'll find One String Willie
's replica of Eddie Jones' diddley bow
. Here's his instructions
on building a BIG diddley bow, like that made famous by Joe Willie Duncan
Finally, I should note that the man who purportedly recorded Eddie Jones, that is Mr. Frederick Usher, is shrouded in even more mystery than Jones himself. I could find absolutely nothing
about him. I think he might've been a fictional character...