Category: TRIVIA

August 30, 1736 First fiddlers convention in America

Fiddlin’ John Powers at the White Top Folk Festival, circa 1939. White Top, Virginia. (Blue Ridge Heritage Archives, Ferrum College/Blakemore Collection) First fiddlers convention in America, which took place in Hanover City, VA, August 30, 1736. Fiddle contests first appeared in the U.S. in November of 1736. The first recorded fiddle contest was held as

August 30, 1962 Jimmy Martin records “Stormy Waters”

Jimmy Martin records “Stormy Waters”, August 30, 1962 Jimmy Martin may have helped keep bluegrass music on the country charts in the ’60s with his secular, mainstream approach to music-making, but he had a spiritual side, too. “Stormy Waters” is simply a gospel classic..

August 4, 1927 First Jimmie Rodgers recording session

First Jimmie Rodgers recording session, August 4, 1927 – On this video, the 78 rpm RCA Victor record from 1927 is played on a 1930’s crank operated and spring driven His Masters Voice portable gramophone. Liner notes: “The Soldier’s Sweetheart” is the very first song Jimmie Rodgers recorded. This was done by Ralph Peer on