Electioneering = Hamboning

I heard a political ad on the radio today, and for some reason it made me think of “eefing,” a most peculiar form of vocalizing done in Tennessee and other Southern states. It’s very hard to describe; the best thing to do is watch it on a YouTube clip.

Eefing here is combined with “hamboning,” a kind of percussion accomplished by using one’s hand, leg, and chest. The best-known version of eefing took place on the “Hee Haw” television show, as done by Jimmy Riddle. In this clip, he is accompanied on hambone by Jackie Phelps.

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2 Responses to Electioneering = Hamboning

  1. sandi says:

    Now that is a fading art…do you eff??
    Sandi

  2. tennesseeguy says:

    I have never mastered eefing, but I would bet that I am the only person to have ever done any hamboning in the Harvard Faculty Club.

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