Gainesville native, Burl “Jaybird” Coleman was an influential blues musician. In 1927, he recorded seventeen tracks in Birmingham. In 1930, Jaybird went to Atlanta for two recording sessions as a member of the Birmingham Jug Band. Coleman was one of the first to both sing and play the harmonica on a solo recording. Although Jaybird was never famous, his records made a big contribution to the classic sound of the Blues.