This Sunday afternoon, Herb Kent, DJ Hall of Famer, was at the helm of V103 and he was playing his ‘Dusties’ and one of them was this song by ZZ Hill that I had always acquainted with BB King.
The song in an odd way, reminds me of my mother, when she worked in my Aunt Gussie’s Honky Tonk.
It brings back good memories and as the old folks used to say, ‘the boy went to Church’ on this one.
ZZ Hill, “Down Home Blues”
The following excerpt is from STALKED! By Voices
My Aunt Elvie and my Aunt Gussie, my mother’s sisters, were wonderful to us. Both of them ran ‘stores’ from their homes, and whenever we’d visit, they made sure we had plenty to eat and enough to take home.
Whenever money was really tight, my mother would take a job working for my Aunt Gussie. My Aunt Gussie had a liquor license and served cold beer and liquor along with her home cooked meals in her ‘store’. And her store had a jukebox and ample room for dancing. In other words my Aunt Gussie ran a honky-tonk. And my father strongly disapproved of my mother working there. I don’t think I ever saw him set foot in the place.
If customers were in the ‘store’, my mother told me to stay in Aunt Gussie’s house and not to come out. If we got hungry, either Judy or Man, Aunt Gussie’s children, would go over to the store get food, and bring it back, for us, even though they were younger than me. I think this must have been her compromise with our father.
Eliza D. Ankum
STALKED! By Voices
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