Country Music History

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  • Topic: Country music, Dolly Parton, Jimmie Rodgers
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Rachael Witkewicz
Country Music Origins
Faith Hill a well renowned country musician since the early 90’s stated that, “Country music is the people's music. It just speaks about real life and about truth and it tells things how they really are.” This style of music originated in Bristol, Tennessee on August 1, 1927 when Ralph Peer signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to record their music under the label known as Victor Records.

Jimmie Rodgers, who is known as the father of music was born on September 8, 1897 in Meridian, Mississippi. He was raised as the youngest of three brothers, but experienced a devastating event at a very young age when his mother died. This left him to bounce from relative to relative in Mississippi and Alabama until he returned to live his father, Aaron Rodgers. By this time his father had already remarried, but he still lived in Meridian Mississippi working as a maintenance on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Jimmie had decided to start his entertainment career early. By the age of 13 he had taken off twice to organize and play in shows, only to be brought home by his father. His father had put aside his dream and sent to work on the railroads first as a water boy to then men then as brakeman. However in 1924, at the age of 27, the railroad career had to be hold when he contracted tuberculosis. He attempted to pursue his dream of entertainment career but once again it failed. After multiple moves and career switches Jimmie had ended up back in Meridian Mississippi in 1927 with a wife and a daughter. In that same year Jimmie would be making a big move towards his entertainment dreams when he traveled to Asheville, North Carolina. It was in this city that his career first took off. Jimmie made his début on Asheville's first radio station, WWNC with another artist named, Otis Kuykendall. A few months later Jimmie recruited and joined a group known as the Tenneva Ramblers, and secured them a...
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