Always Been a Rambler: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter, Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia
Always Been a Rambler: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter, Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia

Always Been a Rambler: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter, Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia

by Josh Beckworth

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476667294
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2018
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 609,222
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Josh Beckworth is a high school English teacher. He has received the W. Amos Abrams prize from the North Carolina Folklore Society and published in the North Carolina Folklore Journal. He lives in Crumpler, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Biography and History

A Dark Road Is a Hard Road to Travel: Brief Biographies of Grayson and Whitter 7

Straddling the Appalachian Divide: Fries and Laurel Bloomery 26

Henry Whitter and the Creation of Country Music 41

The Long Shadow of G.B. Grayson 73

I Wish I Was Single Again: Marriage and Divorce in the Grayson and Whitter Families 87

Grayson, Whitter and the Hill Billies: Manufacturers of Music 104

James W.M. Grayson, Tom Dula and the Appalachian Civil War 127

The Courthouse Massacre 139

On the Trail of Nancy Blevins 148

The Music

Overview 161

The Dance Tunes 163

The Murder Ballads 171

Folksongs of the British Isles 177

The Victorian Songs 182

The Temperance Songs 184

The Railroad Songs 188

The Tin Pan Alley Songs 195

The Comedy Songs 198

American Folk Songs 200

Notes 207

Bibliography 214

Index 221

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