No one really needs any help gearing up for the beautiful gluttony of the holiday season, but in the spirit of gorging oneself on cookies, pie, turkey, ham, and all manner of seasonal treats, here are nine bluegrass songs to get your stomach growling.
Flatt & Scruggs — “Hot Corn, Cold Corn”
Hot corn goes with your meal. Cold corn makes your meal (and your loud relatives) bearable. If the chickens all a-runnin’ and the toenails a flyin’, this is your best bet.
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder — “Pig in a Pen”
Bake them biscuits! Raise a barrel of sorghum! We’re Alabamy-bound!
Reno & Smiley — “Dill Pickle Rag”
Have a pickle with your leftover turkey sandwich!
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley — “Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy”
The importance of proper cast-iron care cannot be overstated. Do not use soap or any cleaning agents (scrub with salt on stubborn grime when needed), oil after rinsing and washing in warm water, and make sure to re-season regularly.
Lost and Found — “Leftover Biscuits”
Sure, this describes a pretty misogynistic scenario in which the kitchen is dirty because the singer’s wife left him, but maybe also it can just be the day after Christmas when no one wants to even acknowledge the tower of dishes in the sink and everyone’s content to eat cold ham on day-old rolls? Maybe?
Jim & Jesse — “Y’all Come!”
Eating everything from soup to hay! HAY!?
Bruce Molsky — “Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Bit Further into the Fire”
No one wants an underdone pig’s foot.
David Grier — “Angeline the Baker”
Angeline, could you bake me up some cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, yeasty rolls, and a pie or three, a fruitcake, a pumpkin roll …
The Nashville Bluegrass Band — “Soppin’ the Gravy”
A clean plate does not count as a truly clean plate, until you’ve taken whatever bread you have on hand and have completely sopped up all that gravy. Soppin’ veterans will then move to the gravy pan and sop up all of that, too. Don’t think about your arteries. It’s the holidays!