fortunate to be a soloist at my church.
It’s a big church and we have guest singers from time to time and not
too long ago, I was blessed to be able to sing with Javetta Steele. Ms. Steele has toured with Prince and she
sang “This Little Light of Mine” from the Corina
Corina soundtrack. She tells a great
story that happened during her touring days with Prince, she told me that she
had blown the sensitive diaphragm out of so many microphones, that he bought
her a special $20,000 mic that was capable of handling the volume load. Two days later, she blew it up too! Javetta had monstrous pipes! I asked her if she ever had a problem calling
her children home after they’d been outside playing in the yard and she said,
“Yard? Honey, I could holler them in out
of any corner in the neighborhood!” I’ve
stood less than 5 feet from her on stage and I can tell you, that woman speaks
I’d like to
see what she can do in Spivey’s Corner,
compete in a contest to out-scream one another.
There are multiple categories:
- The distress
holler, which uses a falsetto tone to
indicate a sense of urgency!
- The functional holler, which primarily
was used on farms because its unique sound won’t disturb the animals. I’m not sure how they judge this one!
- The expressive holler, which might
turn a popular tune like “Amazing Grace” into a hollerin’ duet.
- The communicative holler, which is a form
of greeting, such as a hollered version of “howdy, neighbor!” Sort of a farmer’s version of
Location: Spivey’s Corner, NC
Dates: Saturday, June 20th
Closest Big Cities:
Star of the show: Local folks who can scream and
Events: Antique car show, antique farm
equipment display, rides for the kids
Pageantry: One giant hollerin’ contest open
to the public
Duration: One Day
Music: Live Local Entertainment, “Tommy
Black, and the Blooz” (country and blues)
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