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Now let’s deal with “Low Down Rounder” by Peg Leg Howell (Columbia, Atlanta 1928). Peg Leg Howell (March 5, 1888 – August 11, 1966) taught himself guitar at the age of 21. A gunshot injury sustained in a fight caused him to lose his leg. In 1923 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began playing on street corners, however also served a term in prison for bootlegging. He made his first recordings for Columbia in 1926. “New Jail Blues” was written when in jail for bootlegging alcohol, and one of the very first nation blues to be provided. His tape-recorded collection covered ballads, ragtime and jazz, in addition to blues. He died in Atlanta in 1966.
I really got the guitar parts in the song from a version that was taped by Spider John Koerner. We’re in open D tuning; D, A, D, F#, A, D.