This first episode takes us into the foundations of country music, which premiered in the early 20th Century. We are show the influence of the minstrel shows, the voice of religion, and a sort of post Civil War south. It rose from the poor who were able to embrace this music as part of daily life. The main focus, however, is on Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter family. The former was sort of an anything-for-the-music drive, including his self destruction. The Carters were the down-home, reserved figures. It was interesting to see that the popular record industry really took off. Rodgers spoke to the country during the depression because he was the everyman to the poor. I look forward to the next episode.
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