Fun_People Archive
30 Nov
Folklorist Anecdote

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 93 14:04:18 PST
To: Fun_People
Subject: Folklorist Anecdote

 From: the Bluegrass mailing list
 From: Kim McCormick <kmccorm@UVA386.SCHOOLS.VIRGINIA.EDU>

    This is not entirely on topic but this Jed Clampett talk reminds me of
something that happened to a friend of mine.
    This friend of mine, we'll call him Ulysses, was hitchhiking thru
Kentucky. Travelling around with his banjo, looking for music and
musicians.He's in a general store in the boonies somewhere and this old man
comes over to him. "say, is that a banjo you got there?" Ulysses imagines
he's about to discover the next Important Old Banjo Picker and sez "why yes,
do you play?" The IOBP sez I sure do so Ulysses whips out the banjo, already
composing record liner notes in his head, imagining the music world turned
upside down by this discovery...
    After a little tuning the Important Old Banjo Picker launches into his
first number:"Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed..."
Truth is stranger than fishin'.
    Bo Bradham
    Charlottesville VA
Ps the names were changed in this story because, well would You
want a story like this going 'round with YOUR name in it?

[=] © 1993 Peter Langston []