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The Rub (Beginnings-1933)

How what was first called hillbilly music reached new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launched the careers of country music's first big stars - the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

After centuries of percolating in the American South, what was first called hillbilly music began to reach 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 yodelling, became its first big stars.

50 minutes

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Sat 16 May 2020 01:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Orange Blossom Special

  • 00:02

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

  • 00:10

    Fiddlin’ John Carson

    Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane (78Rpm Version)

  • 00:27

    The Carter Family

    Anchored In Love

  • 00:29

    The Carter Family

    Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow

  • 00:30

    The Carter Family

    Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow

  • 00:31

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Waiting For A Train

  • 00:36

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Sleep Baby, Sleep

  • 00:39

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Blue Yodel No 1

  • 00:41

    Jimmie Rodgers

    In The Jailhouse Now

  • 00:47

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Yodeling My Way Back Home

  • 00:49

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Miss The Mississippi and You


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Director Ken Burns


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