The curtain opens and the opry house manager announces, in his high-pitched voice, that a road has washed out and the scheduled act is being replaced by local talent: no refunds, so enjoy the show. A four-man combo of banjo, guitar, comb, and percussion perform "Nobody Cares For Me" and "My Gal Sal. The comb player doubles as the singer, and the one who keeps time with whisk brooms on a suitcase does an akimbo dance. They are joined by a young woman who sings "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." An unseen audience supplies applause. Written by
Just saw this for the first time. This is really fresh. The band is young and, for the time, very hip. There is a guitar, a banjo, a guy playing the top of a suitcase with whisk brooms (who also does a sort of shuffle dance) and the singer Lew Hearn, who vocalizes and plays a tin can with both ends cut off, as well as a comb and tissue paper. He has a very light, jazzy way of singing. (think Leon Redbone as a tenor instead of a baritone.)Very gentle delivery, a remarkable necktie and a great hat. These guys were cool. The only deadly part is Doris Walker singing Let Me Call You Sweetheart. It's positively Victorian, plus she wears an ugly short dress that shows her very unattractive knees.
Overall, I can't wait to see this again.
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