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To what extent is the performance of music work and thus has its own labor history? That’s probably not a question you’ve thought much about, but of course it is work and that labor exists within the same context of time and place. The historian Jessica Wilkerson gives us a great labor history of Mother […]
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This is the grave of Billy Sherrill. Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama in 1936, Sherrill’s father was a preacher. But it didn’t stick to young Billy. Instead, he found the glorious sin of music. He started off on the piano and then learned the sax, playing in lots of bands as a teenager. He toured […]
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This is the grave of Roy Acuff. Born in 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee to a fairly prominent family for that poor region of the South, Roy Acuff grew up surrounded by music. While his family were doctors and preachers and state legislators, they were also fiddlers and piano players. In 1919, his family moved to […]
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