Friday Five: Beans
Kids joke about the “musical fruit,” adults debate whether or not the tiny legumes belong in chili, and, occasionally, country artists salute the bean in song. Here are five of them.
5. Eddie Cochran – “Jelly Bean”
If you call a gal “Jelly Bean,” don’t tell her it’s because she’s “sweet and swell and round.” That last part is liable to get you punched in the nose.
4. Little David Wilkins – “Butterbeans”
Forget collard greens and turnip sandwiches: all the ironically-named “Little” David Wilkins wants is a bowl of beans. And some ham. Maybe a biscuit. Also, cornbread.
One of the best steel guitarists ever pays tribute to the best bean in this swingin’ instrumental.
2. Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Cornbread and Butterbeans”
Beans and cornbread are almost as delicious as the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ brand of old-time-influenced music.
These beans are technically seeds, and they “jump” because the moth larvae inside them twitch in order to move away from heat and light. But maybe they’d bop around to a Buck Owens instrumental, too.
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