Washtub bass in apartment

This project is completed! Will Shade now has a gravestone, and hopefully some new recognition as well. You can visit the Events page to learn about the gravestone project, or the Resources page to learn more about his life.

– Arlo Leach, project organizer


Biography from AllMusic.com [view]
Memphis Music Hall of Fame profile [view]
Jug Band Hall of Fame profile [view]
Blues Discovery by Roger Brown [buy]
"Son Brimmer -- Today" by Charlie Musselwhite [view]
The Rattlesnake Incident [view]

Exclusive content

Career overview by Dr. David Evans [view]
Letters from Will Shade to Charlie Musselwhite [view]
Summary of Dick Allen interview by Arlo Leach [view]
Summary of Hill/Mangurian interview by Arlo Leach [view]
Interview with friends of Will Shade by Arlo Leach [view]


Memphis Jug Band discography with sample songs [listen]
Memphis Jug Band, greatest hits [buy]
Memphis Jug Band, complete recordings 1927-1930 [buy]
Memphis Jug Band, complete recordings 1932-1934 [buy]
George Mitchell Collection, home recordings 1962 [buy]


Will Shade and Charlie Burse, "Kansas City Blues" [view]
Selections from the tribute concert and gravestone ceremony [view]

Tribute coverage

Concert preview in the Chicago Daily Herald [view]
Ceremony preview in the Memphis Flyer [view]
Ceremony preview on Memphis WKNO [view]
Brass note tribute on Davis, CA WDRT [listen]
Brass note follow-up in the Commercial Appeal [view]