Jimmie Rodgers, ‘Waiting for a train’ (1928)
Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Jimmie was also known as ‘The Singing Brakeman’.
Louvin Brothers, ‘I Can’t Keep You in Love with Me’
DeZurik Sisters, ‘Arizona Yodler’ (1938)
The DeZurik Sisters (also known as The Cackle Sisters) were two of the first women to become stars on both the National Barn Dance and the Grand Ole Opry, largely a result of their original yodeling style.
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, ‘San Antonio Rose’ (1938)
Stringbean, ‘Hillbilly Fever’
Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, ‘Bluegrass Breakdown’
Bill Monroe. Known as the father of Bluegrass music, Monroe played the mandolin and sang, and many of the songs he sang were his own compositions. The original recording of Bluegrass Breakdown by Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, featuring Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Chubby Wise. Earl Scruggs was about 21 at the time of this recording. One of the great things about this song is that no one had ever heard a banjo played in that style before. It absolutely blew people away. Also, listen to Earl in the background. Like the original Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Earl plays the whole way through. One of the all time great instrumentals.
Hank Williams, ‘Hey Good Lookin’
Written and recorded by Hank in 1951.Recorded by numerous artists including ‘The Maverick’s and ‘Jimmy Buffett, Hank’s original reached number 1 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles.
The Carter Family, ‘Wildwood Flower’.
The original Carter Family first recorded “Wildwood Flower” in 1928.