From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Tite, B. D.

(born: 1870  -  died: 1935) 

B. D. Tite, born in Louisville, KY, was a jug blower who also played the banjo and guitar. He toured the South with fiddler Cy Anderson, taking over the band when Anderson retired in 1909. The group disbanded in 1917, and Tite joined Whistler's Jug Band -- he's included on the group's 1924  recordings. He stopped jug blowing in 1925.

Tite is sometimes referred to as the first professional jug blower in Louisville and the creator of the jug band legacy.

For more see "B. D. Tite" in the Oxford Music Online Database; and Whistler's Jug Band, at Listen to B. T. Tite on jug with Whistler's Jug Band - Jerry O'Mine - Gennett - 5554 on YouTube.

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NKAA Entry: Threlkeld, Buford aka "Whistler"
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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