During that time, Jones began his professional career as a member of a traveling minstrel show. Between December 1927 and December 1929, Jones recorded compositions for Columbia Records, first as a solo act accompanying himself with guitar and providing vocals. Among the songs, was "Drunkard's Special", which originated as a British Isles folk music ballad with alternate titles including "The Merry Cuckold and the Kind Wife" and "Three Nights Drunk". Jones's version later was featured on Harry Smith's prominent compilation album, Anthology of American Folk Music, in 1952, along with many of his contemporaries' recordings. In addition, Jones was an in-demand session musician, as he worked as a guitarist on tracks by Bobbie Cadillac and Texas Bill Day.
His conspicuous presence in the music scene saw Jones as a transitional musical figure, resulting in a distinct Texas-influenced blues sound. All the while, Jones was involved in the group, the Satisfied Five, which included Herbert Cowans, and used to broadcast live from Baker Hotel and radio station WFAA. At approximately the same timeframe, Jones was also a member of the Dallas String Band, alongside Marco Washington on double bass, Sam Harris on guitar and several sidemen. The band produced ten sides during their existence, with each one displaying the group's complex instrumental abilities. The Dallas Strings later evolved into the Coley Jones String Band, notably for including T-Bone Walker.
By the end of 1929, no further documentation of Jones is found though it is generally thought he still was performing in Dallas well into the 1930s. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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