Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tommy Jarrell- Tempie Roll Down Your Bangs

Tempie's gone.

Tommy Jarrell was among the old amateur Southern musicians "discovered" by musicologists in the '60s. Venerable County Records arranges many of his well-recorded sessions thematically. Volume 3 focuses on the "banjer." I don't understand the business about the mole in this song (is it a political statement, a sexual reference or just an underdog sentiment?), but I'm smart enough to recognize brilliance when I hear it.

This brief Alan Lomax promo spot features a few seconds of Jarrell doing his thing. The shape singers at the opening of this clip are also remarkable.

I'm all too familiar with what will be forever known as "The Faith Hill" expression. I evoke that reaction with disarming frequency.

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