Jesse Fuller was born in Jonesboro, Georgia, in 1896, into the generation of itinerant blues songsters whose era his style still evokes. His metier is the one-man-band. He plays 12-string guitar, harmonica, kazoo, hi-hat and fotdella (an instrument of his own devising, a sort of pedal-operated string bass).
To this he adapted a repertoire of blues, good-time songs and spirituals, which made him, especially in the early days of blues appreciation, popular as a club and folk-festival act. 'San Francisco Bay Blues' was much copied in the early Sixties, but after its vogue little attention was paid to its creator, and he has been out of the public eye for virtually a decade.
His several albums for Good Time Jazz are representative.