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Jimmie Rodgers. One Of a Kind

I find it a bit insulting that iTunes cannot decide who the artist on this album is. For the record it is Jimmie Rodgers. Jimmie Rodgers is called , "The Father Of Country Music". That is accurate to some degree, but he was so much more. He was a unique performer in his own right, the direct musical father of Hank Williams and through him of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. His music was a truly American invention, a fusion of Old Timey Mountain music, Black Jazz, Tin Pan alley composers and the New York music machine. Listen to this music and it sounds weird at first. After awhile it occurs to you that this is the ancestor of SOMETHING, that something is hard to nail down, because it predates R&R, Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Modern Country. Imagine a country music album with Louis Armstrong as studio musician. This is a pretty fair collection including a better copy of "Waitin' for a Train" than I've run across in awhile. Many of these old recordings do not return to masters or even reengineer old recordings but to simply record from an old record in decent shape. No student of American music should be ignorant of Jimmie Rodgers andyou might actually come to enjoy these recordings for themselves as I do.


Born: September 8, 1897 in Meridian, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '20s, '30s

His brass plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame reads, "Jimmie Rodgers' name stands foremost in the country music field as the man who started it all." This is a fair assessment. The "Singing Brakeman" and the "Mississippi Blue Yodeler," whose six-year career was cut short by tuberculosis, became the first nationally known star of country music and the direct influence of many later performers, from Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Williams to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard. Rodgers sang about...
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