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Irwin, a native of Tennessee, has written five other books on Appalachia published by Schiffer in the 1980s. Although his career was eventually in education and business, he keeps his love for the music of the region alive, most notably in his founding of the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN. With this title, he delves into the people and music of the southern Appalachian region (Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina). Carefully researched but written in a style that is anything but dull, this work tells of Appalachians"some famous (guitarist Chet Atkins), some not so famous (mountain fiddler Bob Douglas)"who have made significant contributions to the history and popularity of country music. Irwin pays particular attention to the Carter family. Photographs appear throughout, and although one wishes for some color plates, most are reproduced well and probably were not in color originally. A good contrast to Robert K. Oermann!s America!s Music: The Roots of Country (Turner, 1996. o.p.); recommended for public and academic libraries."Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX
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John Rice Irwin is the founder of the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee. He has written several other books on Appalachian people (**Alex Stewart: Portrait of a Pioneer**), quilts, baskets, guns, and musical instruments.
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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309427
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,249,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This large 8 x 10 volume was published in 2000 by author John Rice who is an "authority" on old-time Country Music and features some unknown as well as known famous Country Music personalities. These 247 pages include Pete Kirby, known all over the world as"Bashful Brother Oswald" who popularized the Dobro Guitar on Roy Acuff recordings starting in the 1930s. You will learn here about thefamily tradition and musicianship of Banjoist Raymond Fairchild and his family of old time fiddlers.There are wonderful features on the Original Carter Family and Grandpa Jones along with Mack Wiseman. Banjo Innovator Earl Scruggs is also featured. I love this volume for some of the large Photographs that I have not seen published elsewhere. Some of this content is the result of interviews and you can tell that author John Rice Irwin loves his subjects. --A valuable book containing information that I have not seen in other Country Music reference books.--A significant book. My copy is paperback but hopefully I can locate a hardback for my collection.
If you love theold-time sounds of banjos,dobros, fiddles, and the stories about those who continued the traditions of mountain music then you will also lovethis volume.
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By The Watchman on September 5, 2013
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All you need to know is that John Irwin wrote this book. Every title that I have read has contained fascinating information that always answers all my questions.
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