Abner JayTrue Story Of Abner Jay

Label:Mississippi Records – MR-036
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Genre:Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Country Blues, Harmonica Blues


A1I'm So Depressed
A4St James Infirmiry Blues
B1Woke Up This Morning
B2My Mule
B3Ol Man River
B4Don't Mess With My Baby
B5I Am Georgia Bound
B6The Reason Young People Use Drugs

Companies, etc.



Includes four inserts: A transcription of excised monologs, a bio, an advert from the Steven Foster Museum Center and a photo.

Not all copies include inserts.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (side A, etched): MR036-A
  • Matrix / Runout (side B, etched): MR036-B
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
True Story Of Abner Jay (LP, Compilation, Test Pressing)Mississippi RecordsMR-036US2009
New Submission
True Story Of Abner Jay (LP, Compilation, Test Pressing, Hand-Made Cover)Mississippi RecordsMR-036US2009
True Story Of Abner Jay (LP, Compilation, Repress, Mono)Mississippi RecordsMR-036US2017



  • Manipulation's avatar
    my copy has a different address listed on both the cover and labels
    • LemonBloodyCola's avatar
      Edited 3 months ago
      For the record: Mississippi Records is NOT bootleg. They're a legit studio in Portland, Oregon.

      And yes, the inserts are awesome. A great album. A compilation actually, but it's pretty much the only thing you'll ever find in album form for Abner Jay. A true American icon/classic. If you're into folk/blues I highly recommend it. One of my all time favorites.
      • christrevor's avatar
        Be sure to get a copy of this that includes the inserts, they really deepen the experience.
        • max_samhain's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          in some forums theyre discussing if Mississippi Records is a Bootleg Company. Might be right in some sense - I dont know.
          But I can tell that this is really a high quality relase and far superior to what you might expect from a Bootleg.
          - nice sound (probably sourced digital but it sounds good)
          - nice press, flat and clean
          - very nice tip on-sleeve
          So keeping in mind that the original pressings of Abner Jay are mostly scarce and expensive and there is no other reissue available Im very happy that Mississippi Records reissued his output in this way.
          • sethelkins's avatar
            Abner Jay is the TRUTH! So happy I got this. My copy has all the inserts, and I couldn't be happier. If you're not familiar with this incredible one-man band, do yourself a favor and dive in head first and blindfolded. Anywhere that you think it lacks, he compensates with an ability that is simply unmatched.
            • gigglesnort's avatar
              really glad I got this. I think it sounds good. Definitely very satisfied with my first MISSISSIPPI RECORDS purchase and I have a few Michael Hurley albums a comin :) really lookin forward to them now
              • Bradx's avatar
                Really wonderful album of care-worn blues. Abner obviously lived the life. Tragedy piles upon bad luck which is then heaped upon calamity and disaster. The only way out, at least for a few hours, is 'cocaine for breakfast'. You would have to go a long, long way to find a better blues album than this. Abner and his one man band ... truly great.
                • OughtaKrawl's avatar
                  'I'm So Depressed' is the greatest song ever. Sums up life in a simple song better than every novelist that's tried. For them that know, the disenchanted or the fresh eyed sob. It's all the blues. It's all here.


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