June 25, 1900 – August 15, 1979 Remembering Asa F. Martin

Remembering Asa F. Martin (June 25, 1900 – August 15, 1979) a popular old-time country music recording artist in 1920s and 1930s, very influential on later country and bluegrass performers. Hosted “Morning Roundup” radio program on WLAP in the 1940s. Martin gave David “Stringbean” Akeman his nickname. His recordings include “Hot Corn Cold Corn,” “Virginia Bootlegger,” “Harlan Town Tragedy,” and “The Little Box of Pine on the 7:29.”

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I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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