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Jimmie Rodgers & Carter Family | Ken Burns Country Music on NPT

Episode 1| The Rub | Beginnings – 1933 | Ken Burn's Country Music on NPT

After centuries of percolating in the American South, what was first called “hillbilly music” begins reaching more people through the new technologies of phonographs and radio. The Carter Family, with their ballads and old hymns, and Jimmie Rodgers, with his combination of blues and yodeling, became its first big stars. Rodgers’ career ends when he dies young from tuberculosis.

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