The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9661 Message #3287545
Posted By: Arkie
09-Jan-12 - 10:55 AM
Thread Name: The Battle of New Orleans
Subject: RE: The Battle of New Orleans
Technically, Jimmy was not a historian, but he did read a lot and gathered a lot of historical information which he used as the basis for his songs. He was also an entertainer and would sometimes stretch the truth a bit to make things more interesting. I believe that Jimmy's real gift was as a storyteller. Sometimes the story was told with music sometimes not. His intent was not to provide historical information but to entertain and make the stories interesting.