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
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..
Flatt and Scruggs make their last recordings for Columbia Records, August 21, 1969.
This the audio of “I Am Saved” that my daughter, Ellen McWhorter Stone, sang at Union City Baptist Church, Union City, Kentucky on August 20, 2017. She wrote the lyrics. Be blessed~!
August 13, 1963, Stanley Brothers record “Stone Walls and Steel Bars”
August 10, 1971, First “Will the Circle” album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band began recording. Will the Circle be Unbroken is a 1972 album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, “Mother” Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete “Oswald” Kirby,
Osborne Brothers join the Grand Ole Opry, August 8, 1964. Sonny retired in 2005, but Bobby continues to perform with his band Rocky Top X-press, which includes two of his three sons. 2014 marked Bobby Osborne’s 50th year as an Opry member.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White married, August 4, 1981 Enjoy this video about how they met.
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
First Carter Family recording, August 1, 1927