Friday Five: Beans

Juli Thanki | October 5th, 2012

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.

 

3. Leon McAuliffe – “Jelly Bean Rag”

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.

 

1. Buck Owens – “Mexican Jumping Bean”

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.

  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    October 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I was always partial to Johnny Cash preaching away in “Look at Them Beans.”
    http://youtu.be/wOKMRLgKpqs

  2. bob
    October 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    From “Cheatin’” by Sara Evans, written by Don Schlitz and Brett James:

    “How do you like that paper plate
    And those pork and beans you’re eating
    Maybe you should have thought about that
    When you were cheatin’”

  3. Rick
    October 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever listened to all of the Friday five tracks due to the subject matter! Since I am a “Bean Counter” by profession, I guess that makes sense.

    Eddie Cochran sounds like a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard in that particular song. Little David Wilkins sounds perfect for the “Urban Cowboy” era of country music but missed the boat obviously. I really like the fiddles in that Leon McAuliffe snippet as you don’t get to hear much of the steel guitar. I like hearing the CCD’s play anything and the other “Blue Plate Special” videos were equally as much fun. So was that Buck or Don Rich playing guitar on “Mexican Jumping Bean”? Buck was a fine guitar picker but preferred to let Don handle lead guitar duties for the Buckaroos.

  4. luckyoldsun
    October 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Can’t say I care for Johnny Cash’s “Look at Them Beans”–but I like a different song he did
    about “Beans for Breakfast”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5utW2K0RFE

  5. Redd Dirt
    October 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Here’s one for you…lol!:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gQb7gZ0aIw

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