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Ann Arbor Folk Festival 
31st-Jan-2012 10:53 am
Music, Travel
Last weekend was the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fund raiser for the Ark. I spent the evening with good friends whom I don't see enough of, and good music. The "big acts" this year were Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, and Glen Campbell. The MC was someone I'm sure I've heard songs by, but somehow I'd not been familiar with him: Heywood Banks.

I trust I need no caveats about not following links if you're easily offended?

His humor is not my favorite style, but that said, most of the the "wow, THIS is what I'm going to remember from this Folk Festival" were his songs. His "la la la it's a great day" style song was reminiscent of the bird scene in Shrek. Then he sang a couple of songs about highways. He started with I-80 in Iowa. (Corn corn corn corn whats that smell corn corn...) Then he moved on to I-75 in Michigan. As soon as he got to one particular section (pothole a-hole pothole a-hole pothole a-hole COPS COPS COPS COPS), I didn't think anything funnier would happen that evening. I was wrong wrong wrong.

Ok... Here's one version on you-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-ksuOaI61g -- but that doesn't have the final, newer, verse... which is included in this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwffYU3lu0c.
Comments 
31st-Jan-2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Heh. You've heard me play 'You Can Be Mean To Me'. It's a Heywood Banks song...
1st-Feb-2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Many, many years ago one DJ on a dearly-departed DC-area classic rock station used to play a Heywood Banks song or two. Primarily "Toast" and "18 Wheels (On A Big Rig)", IIRC.
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