There’s Something About Music

The flip side of the document was “Lonesome Road Blues”, which also turned very fashionable. In April 1924, “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner and Eva Davis grew to become the first feminine musicians to report and release nation songs. Many “hillbilly” musicians, such as Cliff Carlisle, recorded blues songs throughout the decade and into the 1930s. Other necessary early recording artists had been Riley Puckett, Don Richardson, Fiddlin’ John Carson, Uncle Dave Macon, Al Hopkins, Ernest V. Stoneman, Blind Alfred Reed, Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers and The Skillet Lickers. The metal guitar entered nation music as early as 1922, when Jimmie Tarlton met famed Hawaiian guitarist Frank Ferera on the West Coast.

Many musicians performed and recorded songs in any number of styles. Moon Mullican, for example, performed Western swing but also recorded songs that can be referred to as rockabilly. Between 1947 and 1949, nation crooner Eddy Arnold … Read More