Johnson Boys

DESCRIPTION: "I hear the Johnson boys a-coming, Singing and a-hollering and shooting off their guns." A list of exploits of the minimally civilized Johnson Boys, who shoot, court, wash, farm, and fiddle in extravagant ways (but don't know how to court)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: talltale family humorous
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 338, "Johnson Boys" (2 text plus mention of 2 more)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 338, "Johnson Boys" (2 tunes plus text excerpts)
Warner-TraditionalAmericanFolkSongsFromAnneAndFrankWarnerColl 129, "Johnson Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner-FolkSongsAndBalladsOfTheEasternSeaboard, p. 5, "Johnson Boys" (1 text)
Lunsford/Stringfield-30And1FolkSongsFromSouthernMountains, p. 56, "Johnson Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 115, "Johnson Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 170, "The Johnson Boys" (1 text)

Roud #6676
Grant Brothers, "Johnson Boys" (Columbia 15460, 1929; rec. 1928)
Al Hopkins & his Buckle Busters [or John Hopkins], "Johnson Boys" (Brunswick 179, 1927)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Johnson Boys" (on NLCR03)
Frank Proffitt, "Johnson Boys" (on Proffitt03, ClassBanj) (on USWarnerColl01)

cf. "Johnson Boys (II)"
cf. "Aunt Sal's Song (The Man Who Didn't Know How to Court)" (theme)
File: Wa129

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