I Don't Have Time To Lie To You by Abner Jay on Mississippi Records (the artwork is a colour photograph of Abner Jat in a red shirt with a can of beer, smiling; the artist name and album title are hand written in white over the photograph)

Abner Jay - I Don’t Have Time To Lie To You


  • £24.99

I Don't Have Time To Lie To You is an album of rare and previously unreleased tracks from Abner Jay’s vast catalogue of home recordings, showcasing some of the most haunting and powerful vocal performances from one of the America's great unsung artists. These stunning one-man band tunes include revelatory new renditions of classics like 'I’m So Depressed' and 'Ol Man River.' 
A truly independent artist who performed at swap meets and fairs out of his custom converted trailer, selling his records and cassettes, released on his own Brandie Records. Abner Jay travelled the United States from the 1930s until his passing in 1993. Told with his characteristic blend of humour and pathos, I Don’t Have Time To Lie To You is an unsparing take on the country Abner knew so well. 


“Abner Jay the most unusual talent in the world. A true Southerner from South G.A. He was raised layin on his belly, drinkin water from the ol Swaunee River. Jay claims the secret for his good health and being the father of sixteen young’uns, and gonna git some more, layin on his belly drinkin water from that ol Swaunee. Abner still go to the Swaunee River every Sunday, and lay down on his belly. Abner is twenty five years older than you think” - Abner Jay (from the sleeve notes) 



  1. I’m So Depressed 
  2. Plum Nelly 
  3. Ol Man River 
  4. My Baby Is Coming Back To Me 
  5. Shenandoah 
  6. 99 Years In Jail 
  7. Hard Working Man 
  8. Woke Up This Morning 
  9. The Love Wheel 


  • US import 
  • Pressed on 160g vinyl
  • Housed in heavy-duty tip-on style jacket
  • Recordings licensed from Brandie Records and Abner Jay's family 


also available: 
Abner Jay / Koko Joe & The Job Hunters - I'm So Depressed / Depression   7" 
Abner Jay - The True Story Of Abner Jay   LP 


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Mississippi Records collection 
Traditional/folk music collection 
Americana collection 


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