Earles and Jensen's two-volume collection of prank calls, Just Farr a Laugh, is being re-released this month by venerable indie label Matador, providing a national platform for such memorable blasts of audio as the recurring Big Buford-loving character Bleachy, the frontman for a Jermaine Stewart cover band (priceless moniker: Bedroom ETA) looking for a gig on Beale Street, a warning call from RuPaul's personal assistant, and a man calling a local radio show to bemoan his fate of spending the Fourth of July alone. One of my favorites: the way Sun Studio employees refuse to take any guff from a belligerent Christopher Cross seeking an after-hours tour.
Earles will celebrate the Matador release of Just Farr a Laugh Saturday, May 10th, at Goner Records. Earles will talk about the record release and background on some of the calls, play a few selections, and give a slide-show presentation about the photo sessions documented in the albums liner notes. A Q&A session will follow. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
-- Chris Herrington