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White Country Blues

White Country Blues

Playing tracks by

Leonard Cooperland , Buell Kazell, The Prairie Ramblers, Emmett Miller, Frank Hutchison and more.

This mix is designed to highlight the cross-pollination between rural blues and country music during the 1920s and '30s. It focuses almost exclusively on white musicians -- Riley Puckett (pictured above), Frank Hutchison, Cliff Carlisle, Clarence Greene, Charlie Poole, and others -- who played country blues in the same style as their African American contemporaries. I also included "Jamestown Exhibition," an instrumental by Bayless Rose, whose racial identity remains a mystery to this day, as well as "Right or Wrong" by Emmett Miller, a white minstrel show performer who influenced country music legends Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Merle Haggard, to name a few.