The Memphis Jug Band was comprised of Will Shade, Will Weldon, Hattie Hart, Charlie, Polk, Walter Horton, and others in various configurations. Guitarist/harpist Will Shade formed The Memphis Jug Band in the Beale Street section of Memphis in the mid-'20s. The Memphis Jug Band was the most recorded (over 100 sides between 1927 and 1934) and one of the most popular of the jug bands to spring up in Memphis in the 1920s (along with Canon's Jug Stompers). The jug band craze started in Louisville, Kentucky around 1905. Will Shade continued to lead the group in various incarnations until his death in 1966.