Jim Stafford: His Guitar is “No Laughing Matter”

 

JIM STAFFORD “MALAGUENA” and “CLASSICAL GAS

 

Here’s two videos that are a lot of fun and a big surprise (I had no idea that Jim Stafford was this good of a guitarist). I mean, if you were around in the 70′s and liked country music, you would know singer/songwriter and funny man Jim Stafford, but not necessarily the guitarist Jim Stafford. You might remember the songs “Wildwood Weed” and “Spiders and Snakes?” Two giant hits for him and there were some more.

But what you may not have known of is Jim’s guitar playing. I must have been asleep during that time, I had no idea.

In both videos, Jim is performing in a club in Branson Missouri-  and of course performing comedy along with his guitar playing.

He is very funny for sure but his guitar playing is no laughing matter. If you watch both vids, he’s performing some impressive music on his nylon string guitar.

The second video contains much of the same act as the first one but I think it’s funnier.

Here’s a bio about Jim Stafford and one more video (Just in case you didn’t know him already):

“Best known for his humorous country novelty songs of the mid-’70s, multi-instrumentalist Jim Stafford also enjoyed a lengthy career as a television personality and live entertainer. Stafford was born in 1944 in the Florida town of Eloise, near Winter Haven, and learned guitar from his father. He started playing in local bands as a teenager, including one, the Legends, that included future country-rock legend Gram Parsons, as well as Kent LaVoie, who would later become singer/songwriter Lobo. After high school, Stafford moved to Nashville and joined Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle’s backing band. He also worked on his songwriting and recorded some demos of his tunes, despite his distaste for his own singing voice. During one session, he developed the one-man band act that would later become part of his live performances, thanks to a drummer who abruptly walked out. 

Stafford was performing in Clearwater, FL, when he ran into Lobo and asked if he would consider recording Stafford’s original “The Swamp Witch.” Lobo suggested that Stafford record it himself, and helped him land a contract with MGM; he would later produce many of Stafford’s singles as well. “The Swamp Witch” scraped the bottom of the Top 40 in 1973, but it was the following year’s “Spiders and Snakes” — a song co-written with David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers — that brought Stafford into the big time. The song peaked at number three on the pop charts, went gold, and helped make Stafford a household name. His sense of humor was also showcased on the follow-up hits “My Girl Bill” and “Wildwood Weed,” the latter another Top Ten pop hit, and he charted in the Top 40 again in 1975 with “Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne” and “I Got Stoned and I Missed It.”  more here

Spiders and Snakes

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