CD 2, track 24
From 1917, here’s “The Hooking Cow Blues” by Handy’s Orchestra of Memphis. Douglas Williams wrote the music (and lyrics), and W. C. Handy added “Jazz & Blues” treatment to it and issued it from his own Pace & Handy publishing house. Let’s not forget that William Christopher Handy (1873-1958), the Father of the Blues, hailed from rural Florence, Alabama. Even as he became a prominent answer to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, there’s still a lot of “country boy” evident in this musical arrangement.