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Arts & Music » Music » Blues, Gospel, Folk

Honky Tonks, Hymns, and the Blues

examines the history of country guitar, country fiddling, country blues, Jimmie Rodgers (the father of country music), Thomas Dorsey (famous for raunchy records and sacred hymns), the Carter Family, Bob Wills and western swing, the Maddox Brothers and sister Rose, accordion-inspired "conjunto" (combination) music along Mexico's northern border, honky tonk women, and more. Descriptions, photos, and sound clips of music and interviews are included. (University of Texas, San Antonio, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Sharecroppers working in Texas cotton camps, Bob Wills’ family supplemented their meager income by playing for dances.

Bob Wills' family

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