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KC Moan
Composer: Traditional

KC Moan was played by the Grateful Dead on January 17, 1978 in Chicago. The song was played during an acoustic set that featured only Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart.

KC Moan was possibly played by Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions rehearsals in Palo Alto sometime in 1964 but no tape circulates. The song has been played by The Dead, Ratdog and Phil Lesh & Friends.

On many recordings the writing credits are given as Tewee Blackman who was a member of the Memphis Jug Band. It is thought however that the song pre-dates the Memphis Jug Band.



Memphis Jug Band

no info Single (Kansas City Blues / KC Moan), Memphis Jug Band, 1929 (Bluebird)
no info Single (Memphis Yo-Yo Blues / KC Moan), Memphis Jug Band, 1929 (Victor)
info Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 3: Songs, Various Artists, 1952
info Memphis Jug Band, Memphis Jug Band, 1981
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1928-1929), Memphis Jug Band, 1990
no info Wild About My Lovin': Beale Street Blues 1928-30, Various Artists, 1991
no info The Greatest in Country Blues (1927-1936), Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1992
no info The Blues: A Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers, Various Artists, 1993
no info Before the Blues, Vol. 2: The Early American Black Music Scene, Various Artists, 1996
info Walk Right In: The Essential Recordings of Memphis Blues, Various Artists, 1997
no info Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 1-3, Various Artists, 1997
info Memphis Jug Band, Vol. 2, The Memphis Jug Band, 1998
no info Blues Hits, Various Artists, 1998
no info The Greatest in Country Blues, Various Artists, 1999
info The Memphis Jug Band Story: 1927-1934, Memphis Jug Band, 2000
no info American Folk Music, Various Artists, 2000
no info As Good As It Gets: Country Blues, Various Artists, 2000
info The Essential Memphis Jug Band, Memphis Jug Band, 2001
info The Best Of, The Memphis Jug Band, 2001
info He's in the Jailhouse Now, Memphis Jug Band, 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, Various Artists, 2003
no info Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire Soundtrack, Various Artists, 2003
no info The Blues Came from Memphis, Various Artists, 2003
no info The Best of Southern Blues, Various Artists, 2004
info Memphis Jug Band /Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers (JSP Box Set), 2005
no info The History of the Blues, Various Artists, 2005
no info That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 2006
no info Blowin' & Suckin': Little Walter & the Kings of the Blues Harmonica, Various Artists, 2008

Other recordings

info Ballads, Blues & A Spiritual, Dave Van Ronk, 1959
no info EP (K.C. Moan/Hesitation Blues/It's the Same Thing/Short Legs Shuffle), The Roundhouse Jug Four, 1961
no info Recorded at Club 47, Mark Spoelstra, 1963
info Dave Van Ronk And The Ragtime Jug Stompers, 1964
info Jug Band Music, Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band, 1965
info Gambler's Blues, Dave Van Ronk, 1965
info Black Mountain Blues, Dave Van Ronk, 1968
info The Best of Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band, Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, 1968
no info Nashville Jug Band, Nashville Jug Band, 1987
no info Ken Colyer Decca Skiffle Sessions, 1994
no info Alexis Korner Memorial Concert, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Brian Knight), 1995
no info I Want My Roots, John Sebastian and the J-Band, 1996
info Back! Back! Back!, Mad-Words, 1997
no info The Knights of the Blues Table, Various Artists (Cyril Davis), 1997
no info The Esquire Skiffle Sessions, Various Artists (The Delta Skiffle Group), 1997
info Password, Geoff Muldaur, 2000
no info Good Time Down the Road, Brian Knight, 2003 (bonus track)
no info Buxton '95: The Alexis Korner Memorial Concert, Various Artists (Brian Knight), 2003
info In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes, Hobart Smith, 2005
info On The Road: July 15, 2006, Mansfield, MA, String Cheese Incident, 2006
no info Vintage Ken Colyer, Vol. 2, Ken Colyer, 2006
no info Landmarks, Various Artists (Ken Colyer Skiffle Group), 2006
info The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited, Various Artists (Geoff Muldaur), 2006
no info Skiffle: The Essential Collection, Various Artists (Ken Colyer Skiffle Group), 2008
no info The UK Skiffle Boom 1954-1957, Various Artists (Ken Colyer Skiffle Group), 2008
no info Blues from the Roundhouse, Alex Korner's Breakdown Group w/ Cyril Davis, 2009
no info Great British Skiffle: Just About as Good as It Gets!, Vol.3, Various Artists (The Bob Wallis Wahboard Beaters), 2009

 
The Dead

info Mountain View, CA, June 26, 2004

Bob Weir solo/ Wei & Wasserman

info Weir/Wasserman Live, Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman, 1998
info Fall 1989, JGB / Weir & Wasserman, 2013
info Sing Out For SEVA, Various Artists, 1998

Ratdog

info Poughkeepsie NY: October 26, 2003
info Chicago IL: November 4, 2003
info Ft. Wayne IN: November 11, 2003
info Lawrence KS: November 18, 2003
info San Diego CA, February 27, 2004
info Vancouver BC, March 6, 2004
info Spokane WA, March 9, 2004
info Burlington VT, March 23, 2004
info Worcester MA, April 2, 2004
info Phoenix AZ, February 5, 2005
info Cleveland OH, April 5, 2005
info Sayreville NJ, April 12, 2005
info Washington DC, April 26, 2005
info Gilford, NH, September 2, 2005
info Baltimore, MD, November 2, 2005
info St. Petersburg, FL, November 18, 2005
info Santa Fe, NM, December 3, 2005
info Long Beach, CA, December 11, 2005
info Seattle, WA, December 17, 2005
info Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2006
info Alpine, CA, June 26, 2006
info Buffalo NY, October 27, 2006
info Stroudsburg PA, November 6, 2006
info Vancouver BC, February 18, 2007
info Boston MA, March 13, 2007
info Cleveland OH, July 16, 2007
info Bushkill PA, August 18, 2007
info University Park, PA, November 4, 2007
info St. Petersburg, FL, November 13, 2007
info Covington, KY, March 25, 2008
info New York, NY, April 4, 2008
info San Diego, CA, July 1, 2008
info Las Vegas, NV, July 3, 2008
info Hartford, CT, August 20, 2008
info Hampton Beach, NH, July 23, 2009
info Missoula, MT, August 26, 2009
info Boston, MA, February 24, 2014
info Port Chester, NY, March 1, 2014
info Louisville, KY, March 12, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 26, 2012, CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO, 2012
info May 30, 2012, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 2012

Scaring The Children

info 1/5/11, Teatro Carlo Felice, Jam Cruise 9, US, Scaring The Children, 2011

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