Thursday, August 26, 2010
CBS and Harry Smith on the McClurg Jam
That's old Bob Holt on the fiddle. I thought I saw Ashley Hull too. Jeremy Myers plays there these days and helps keep the fire burning. One of these days I will sit in that circle and play too. Where is this you ask? McClurg Missouri, a small bump in the road in Southern Missouri west of Ava and really in the sticks. God's country. I used to Coon hunt not so far away back in the day. Got some too. Went out with the Parmenter brothers.
One time we were in a small hollow and the coyotes were mad that we were there and put up a fuss like you won't believe, all around us. Kind of spooky. Put us all on edge.
I sure wish it was not so far away. I lived in Norwood those days and had no idea what I was missing in Bob Holt just a bit south of me. I kick myself for being unaware of the music around me then.
Elmer Shudy did take me to shape note singing in a small church several miles south of Norwood. I wish I had done more of it. All my days there were in the late 70's. After that it was off to Kansas City.