WAITIN' FOR A TRAIN
A 109 Song Tribute to the Music of
JIMMIE RODGERS
by DEAN MITCHELL

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JIMMIE RODGERS: In a career that barely lasted six years, combining the Blues, Jazz, popular stylings, rebellion, and religion, Jimmie Rodgers will be remembered as the man who introduced the first great American music. He is "The Father of Country Music."

James Charles Rodgers was born September 8, 1897. Jimmie, the son of a Mobile & Ohio railroad section foreman, soon found a fascination with music and by age twelve had won his first amateur talent contest. Leaving school two years later he became a water carrier for the Mobile & Ohio. Jimmie worked various jobs for the railroad including brakeman, as well as other odd jobs while pursuing his interest in music. In 1925 he joined a medicine show performing in black face and a year later began yodeling with guitarist Ernest Helton. Soon afterward, Jimmie and his wife Carrie moved to Ashville, NC. There he formed a hillbilly band, the Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers, and in 1927 began broadcasting on WWNC. This group included Jack Pierce on guitar, Jack Grant on mandolin and banjo, with Claude Grant and Jimmie on banjo as well.

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The Dave Stogner Story
Only A Memory Away


... is the story of Dave Stogner, a world-class bandleader in the 1950's and 1960's, who left his home in St. Jo, Texas to become one of the best known Western Swing band leaders on the West Coast. And, Viola Stogner, an Oklahoma gal who dreamed of being a "Cowboy's Sweetheart," and succeeded. Viola Stogner, now widower, tells her gripping story about a twenty-year romance with her "Cowboy Sweetheart." She tells her story for the first time as her friend, Marie Brown, and her granddaughter, Bethany Coffer, listen intently at a beach house in Capitola, California. Each of them has their own lives to live. For Viola Stogner, she found her true soul mate, but for Marie Brown, she has still yet to find hers, and Bethany Coffer is a newly wed, but each enjoy the stories Viola tells about her romance and friendship with the late great Dave Stogner.

Dave Stogner and the Western Rhythmaires were stalwarts in the San Joaquin Valley and played in front of the largest crowds ever at the Big Old Fresno Barn. Many of Nashville's greatest came to The Barn to play at Dave's request. Dave Stogner could have made it big on the Nashville scene and the Grand Ole Opry circuit, but he decided the Nashville life wasn't for him, and neither did his band.

Read more: Cargile, John W.

Research, writings, and recordings by Joyce Cauthen on Alabama Folklife

Below are writings, recordings, and speeches by Joyce Cauthen, provided in the hope that they will be useful in your research on traditional music and Alabama folk culture.

Books and Articles

With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama, University of Alabama Press, 1989; paperback edition, 2001
This 282-page book is a history of fiddling in Alabama from 1813 to shortly after World War II. Though it contains biographies of Alabama’s best-known fiddlers, its main purpose is to explore the role of the old-time fiddler in his or her community and the traditions surrounding the music. Available at Amazon or from the University of Alabama Press.

"The Legacy of a Neighborhood:  Uncle Plez Carroll and Charlie Stripling" in The Old-Time Herald, Vol. 7, No. 8, Summer, 2001.
This essay debunks the belief that the great Alabama Fiddler, Charlie Stripling, learned to play in isolation.  It particularly explores the contributions of neighbor fiddler, Uncle Plez Carroll.

"Fiddle Tunes for Mining Towns" and "The Ballad of John Catchings" in Spirit of Steel: Music of the Mines, Railroads and Mills of the Birmingham District, produced by The Sloss Furnace Association, 1999.
This is a small collection of essays accompanied by an excellent CD, featuring, for the most part, blues and gospel songs pertaining to mining and steel-making in Birmingham, Alabama. My first essay concerns two fiddle tunes ("Coal Mine Blues" and "Coal Valley") which the great Alabama fiddler, Charlie Stripling, composed to play at dances in mining towns. The second is about a ballad, recorded by Joe and Esther Gelders in 1939 for the Library of Congress, concerning a union man who was jailed for his activities. The story of Joe Gelders is more fascinating than the ballad.
The collection is not for sale but may be acquired by contacting Joey Brackner at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), 334-242-4076.  A revised edition of the Catchings essay (sans the CD) is available in Tributaries, Vol. 4, from the Alabama Folklife Association.

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