Friday Five: Overeating

Juli Thanki | February 4th, 2011

The 19th annual Wing Bowl, a competitive eating contest that draws numerous competitors and thousands of spectators, is being held today in Philadelphia. In celebration of that gross display of gluttony, here are my five favorite country songs about gorging oneself. Pass the hot sauce.

  • Nashville, 19285. “When I Had But Fifty Cents” – Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppe

    This sounds like the worst date ever—unless you’re the gal who’s eating everything on the menu and leaving her fella to take a beating when he can’t cover the bill. Ricky Skaggs recorded a version in 2009 for Songs My Dad Loved.

  • Those Darlins4. “The Whole Damn Thing” – Those Darlins

    If there’s a catchier song about drunken binge-eating, I don’t believe I’ve heard it. Unlike today’s competitors, these ladies don’t restrict themselves to just the chicken’s wings.

  • Texas Cookin3. “Texas Cookin’” – Guy Clark

    You might go up a pants size just listening to Clark sing about eating himself silly. Still hungry? Try some “Homegrown Tomatoes.”

  • The Essential Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys2. “Roly Poly” – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

    “Daddy’s little fatty” eats anything that’s not nailed down, including bread and jelly 20 times a day. Let’s hope he grows up to marry the gal in “I Had But 50 Cents:” it’ll be a match made in heaven.

  • 1. “How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?” – Uncle Dave Macon

    49, huh? And a “ham of meat?” Uncle Dave, you’d fit right in with the contestants at Wing Bowl. Lots of folks have recorded this song because, well, everyone loves biscuits.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3X87-4BbI

  1. numberonecountryfan
    February 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    What about Burgers And Fries by Charley Pride.
    Also, a ‘complete’ meal could be had by Colt Ford’s Chicken And Biscuits and Cold Beer.

  2. Rick
    February 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I’ll beat Paul Dennis to the punch by mentioning the song “Pound By Pound” by Carolina Charlie Wiggs from 1967 which Dennis put me onto. Its about a gal who was thin when she got married and ever since has been growing bigger daily “pound by pound”. (lol)

  3. Dave D.
    February 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Last Meal: A blues song, but close enough to country since Asleep at the Wheel covered it. A whole hippopotamus (well baked) is usually a meal in itself, but there’s so much more.

  4. Donald
    February 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    If but for the link to the NCCGs featuring Vicki and Dale Ann, a fine wee piece. As well, encouraged me to get off the shelf an album with one of my favourite food references: “Mama Turn Aloosa My Soul” by the Charlie Sizemore band: “You been eatin’ that cheese with no mayonnaise, it’s going to pack you up, gonna stiffen your ways” I do believe.

  5. luckyoldsun
    February 5, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Check out “Greasy Grit Gravy”–a pretty lousy song by Shel Silverstein, but it was sung by Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

    Also “Memphis Women and Chicken”, a T. Graham Brown cover.

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