Playing tracks by
The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers, Tenneva Ramblers, Shortbuckle Roark & Family and more.
In 1927, Ralph Peer traveled in Bristol, Tennessee, on the Virginia border, set up a makeshift recording studio in a local hat warehouse, and put out an ad in the paper looking for local talent to record for the Victor label's "hillbilly" series. This is referred to as the "Big Bang of Country Music," and over the next year Peer would record dozens of musicians, exposing the U.S. at large to Appalachian ballads, square dance tunes, the yodeling blues of Jimmie Rodgers, and the wholesome comforting harmonies of The Carter Family.
Today's show pays tribute to the Bristol Sessions. At the end of the set, I play a handful of blues songs that Peer recorded in Memphis between 1927 and 1929.