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Linthead StompThe Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South$
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Patrick Huber

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832257

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807886786_huber

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King of the Mountaineer Musicians

King of the Mountaineer Musicians

Fiddlin' John Carson

(p.43) 1 King of the Mountaineer Musicians
Linthead Stomp

Patrick Huber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on “Fiddlin' John” Carson's debut record, which marked the advent of what OKeh would soon designate as a new field of recorded commercial music called “hillbilly music,” or, less pejoratively, “old-time music.” The modest but surprising sales of this record indicated to Peer and his superiors at the General Phonograph Corporation, the manufacturer of OKeh records, that a promising, previously unrecognized market existed for old-timey grassroots music sung and played by ordinary white southerners. “One of the most popular artists in the OKeh catalog is Fiddlin' John Carson, mountaineer violinist, whose records have met with phenomenal success throughout the country,” the Talking Machine World, a phonograph dealers' trade journal, reported in April 1925.

Keywords:   Fiddlin' John Carson, debut record, OKeh, hillbilly music, old-time music, General Phonograph Corporation

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