Saturday, March 1, 2014

Richard Chase tells three "Jack" tales from the Southern Appalachians


Here is something unique I found. A Jack tale is just a big ole tall tale told by country folks, orally passed down through the generations. No telling how old some of these stories may be, especially since there are references in them to royalty, which makes me think they were likely made up in old England or Europe, possibly five hundred or more years ago.
Richard Chase does seem to have a talent for story telling. He has a plenty pleasant voice and seems very familiar with his material. Download and enjoy!






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4 comments:

  1. Funny how time works for you - I heard snippets of these while watching Andy Griffith a few months ago, and then came across Chase's books when shopping on Amazon. Thanks for the awesome LP!

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    1. Ah yes! I hadn`t thought of that, but I do remember Andy telling Opie A few Jack Tales on the old show since you`ve mentioned it.

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  2. It's likely that Jack tales originate in England, Scotland, and Ireland. There's a plenty of them over there, and they probably spread to the american south, carribean, etc and mixed with african tales and local tales to become what their own brand of american folktale.

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    1. I`m sure you`re right. The areas these stories usually come from were mostly settled by people from England, Scotland and Ireland.

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