Wait a second. Did he say "washboard?" Yep. Washboard. In fact a Columbus Washboard Company Standard Family Size galvanized model 2090 as played by the Black Twig Pickers on stage on The Friday Night Jamboree.
Washboards have long been a staple of traditional mountain music and the Black Twig Pickers put it to good use, along with guitars, banjos, spoons and just about any other utensil they may have on hand.
For the record, the Columbus Washboard Company in Columbus Ohio is the only American firm that still makes washboards and they recognized some time ago that not a lot of people still use their product to actually wash clothes, so their web site promotes the board and their other products as decoration and musical instruments.
The company notes:
While the Amish, campers, soldiers, students and others still use washboards to scrub clothing, others have discovered the boards make unique decorative pieces for laundry rooms, family rooms and kitchen walls. Woodcrafters have found applications for these one-of-a-kind tools as coffee tables, cabinets, magazine racks and other types of furniture. Washboards have even caught the ears of professional musicians, who use them as percussion instruments for jazz, rhythm and blues performances.
Also, for the record, the Black Twig Pickers are equally adept at more traditional musical instruments like guitar, banjo and fiddle (below).
Tom Ryan, late of the Harvest Moon (and multiple marriages) promised payback when I put a copy of his email tabloid, The Floyd Enquirer, on-line a few issues back. Tom is our kind of rabble rouser and a giftted satirical writer who decided it was time to comment on local bloggers.
Bloggers, The Scourge of the Internet
A friend recently put “The Floyd Enquirer” on their blog site and, as recompense, I told them I’d return the “favor”. Admittedly I don’t comprehend blogging. In my tabloid I dump my angst & issues on a small unsuspecting audience……….. but bloggers invite active participation. It reeks of socialism or some weird performance art. Over a glass of wine, I realized that one of us is involved in fornication while the other is, well, typing with one hand…….. just can’t figure out who’s doing what to whom. Anyway, I invite you to visit a few of our local blog sites. To give you a measure of their “warm & fuzzy quotient”, I’ve rated the sites using an easy to comprehend system:
“The Cute Puppy Rating System”
Colleen Redman: she hugs the puppy, kisses it on the nose & is sad if she has to discipline it by shaking her finger at it. www.looseleafnotes.com
Fred First: he hugs the puppy, scratches it behind the ear & frames it in a Norman Rockwell painting. www.fragmentsfromfloyd.com
David St. Lawrence: he hugs the puppy but only after teaching it to sit in an authoritative voice…… www.making-ripples.com
Doug Thompson: well….. Doug, he strangles the puppy & then eats its liver. www.blueridgemuse.com
He forgot to add that I prefer my doggy livers with some fava beans and a nice (non-alcoholic) Chianti (with apologies to Hannibal Lecter).