“Abner jay, the first of the original Black musicians. The only electric six string banjo you’ll ever hear. Abner says the originals are dead, and he is half dead. For forty two years Abner has been playing banjo, drums, harmonica and singing all at the same time. Born in South GA, when Abner was born his pa kept the birth records on the side of the house, the house burned down, the birth records were destroyed, and Abner hasn’t been able to find out just how old he is. Abner is now enjoying his seventh wife, and he claims she is just about wore out too. His worst tradgy was the first time he got married”. Abner Jay is a self confessed philospher, lecturer, composer, singer, author, bone player and one man band. This album released on Mississippi records is one of the rawest and darn soul wrenching folk sets we’ve heard in an age and the comparisons to a black “Bob Dylan” or a black “Will Rogers” are entirely justified. Abner plays the old standards like ‘Dixie’, ‘Old Black Joe’, ‘Swanee’, ‘Blue Tail Fly’ and ‘Shortin “N” Bread’ like nobody else we’ve heard, with a deeply engrained humour and spirit that could only come from a life started as a slave, with stints as a pimp and a failed broadway career behind him. We unreservedly recommend this album. Amazing.