Louie Jones

Louie Jones used to sing to pass the time, as he lived alone in an abandoned schoolbus near Chestnut Ridge in Morgan County. His unrestrained performance of “The Corn Song”, his only recording to be released, contradicts the notion that traditional Anglo-American singers deliver their songs with detachment. His version of “The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe His Corn” no longer tells the full story of the widespread original, an English import that humorously preaches about laziness. Louie delights in it none the less, remembering enough of the story to fire his enthusiasm. Born in 1922, he learned the song as a child, from a schoolmate.