Friday Five: Taters

Juli Thanki | November 19th, 2010

This is the last Friday Five before Thanksgiving (well, not for you Canadians; you’ll just have to consider this list as very late or very early), so let’s talk about one of the day’s most important elements: food, more specifically potatoes. Enjoy a few songs about the carbolicious miracle tubers, and have a wonderful holiday.

  • Honky Tonk Attitude5. “Cold Budweiser and a Sweet Tater” – Joe Diffie

    The frenetic closing track of 1993’s Honky Tonk Attitude is rather forgettable, but Diffie delivers his beer and potato woes with, well, attitude.

  • When Somebody Loves You4. “Meat and Potato Man” – Alan Jackson

    You know, I’m with Jackson as he proclaims his love for fried taters, black coffee, boots, and Flatt & Scruggs, but he loses me with “steak well-done.” I’m a medium-rare gal, myself.

  • Riverboat Soul3. “Sweet Potato Blues” – Pokey LaFarge and the South City

    Prohibition-Era throwback Pokey LaFarge does a mighty fine job on this high energy folk/country/blues/ragtime version of the old song “No More Taters.” (Psst, you should really give a listen to his record Riverboat Soul. If you want some different “Sweet Potato Blues,” give a listen to Lonnie Johnson’s 1927 recording.

  • Boot Heel Drag: The MGM Years2. “Tater Pie” – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

    Taters, pie, and Bob Wills are all pretty excellent on their own, so check out how wonderful it is when they’re combined.

  • 16 Biggest Hits1. “Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)” – Little Jimmy Dickens

    This classic song, a #7 hit for Dickens in ’49, led Hank Williams to bestow his pal Little Jimmy with the nickname “Tater.” Too bad Tater Tots weren’t invented until 1953, because that might be a more accurate nickname.

  1. Paul W Dennis
    November 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

    “Potato Peel Booze” – Homer & Jethro

  2. Jon
    November 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

    “Meat And Potato Man” is, in case anyone’s interested, a Harley Allen & John Pennell song.

  3. Fizz
    November 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    You can’t mess with Pokey LaFarge!

    Not strictly a country song, but I’d give an honorable mention to the country/bluegrass/psychobilly/punk band Nine Pound Hammer, and their immortal “Stranded Outside Tater Knob.” CHorus: “Just a one-horse town, no motel or bar / Just a wax museum of dead Hee Haw stars / You don’t look in the mirror when you’re tired and mean / Stranded outside Tater Knob with just a Juggs magazine.”

  4. Ben Foster
    November 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Yay for Tater! I knew that song “Take An Old Cold Tater” had to be on this list.

  5. Rick
    November 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Cool list, Juli. I actually like all of the songs listed today, a minor miracle! (lol)

    I highly recommend the far more current cover of “Tater Pie” recorded by the Texas based western swing band The Wild River Band. I liked it so much I downloaded it off Amazon and I don’t do that very often these days…

    In a similar vein to today’s topic, I just want to mention the corny and playful “Pickles & Tomatoes” by The Marshall Ford Swing Band which includes reference to a “plate of fried potatoes” so it kinda squeaks in.

  6. Mike K
    November 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    “All that’s left in the fridgedater…”

    Love the Diffie love. Thanks for the list, Juli.

  7. Noeller
    November 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Man, I was praying for some way to work in Ron “Tater Salad” White — “You caught me…you caught the Tater…”

  8. Fizz
    November 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    First thing when I saw the headline, I knew the Little Jimmy Dickens song had to be on here somewhere. Looks to have inspired teh whole list.

  9. Old School
    November 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Fried Potatoes by the Maddox Brothers

  10. Barry Mazor
    November 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Only thing, Old School, is that I’ve never heard Rose Maddox sing that as anything BUT “Fried Pataters”…However it was spelled!

  11. Jon
    November 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Come on, no “Tater Patch?” No “Big Taters In The Sandy Land?”

  12. Occasional Hope
    November 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Sorry to nitpick, but aren’t sweet potateos not actually potatoes at all, but from a completely different vegetable family?

  13. Barry Mazor
    November 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Somebody’s mixing up sweet potatoes and yams.

  14. the pistolero
    November 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Jody Nix also did a great version of “Tater Pie.”

  15. Vicki
    November 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I love Jimmy Dickens! Great vid!

  16. luckyoldsun
    November 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    What about “Burgers And Fries” by Charley Pride?

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