“Automobile Trip Through Alabama”


Narrative: surreal description of speaker's trip through Alabama in an talking Ford filled with "Loco-Pep" gasoline. They fight off biting insects and a rattlesnake; the car falls to pieces, then reassembles itself. Incorporates bearhunt tall-tale


  • Red Henderson & Emmett Bankston, "Automobile Trip [or Ride] Through Alabama, pts. 1 & 2" (OKeh 45283, c. 1929; rec. 1928)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Automobile Trip Through Alabama" (on NLCR13, NLCRCD2)


Author: probably Red Henderson
Earliest date: 1920s (recording, Red Henderson & Emmett Bankston)