Jimmie Rodgers – Biography
Jimmie Rodgers was born in 1897 in small-town Mississippi. His grandfathers were Confederate Army veterans, and his father was a railroad worker. Rodgers himself would eventually become a brakeman, but it was always music that offered him a chance to escape. After performing in different vaudeville circuits and medicine shows as a teenager, Rodgers became familiar with blues and folk music traditions, which he then merged to create country music as we know it today. His participation in the famous 1928 Bristol sessions helped to popularize the new genre across the nation.
Although fiddler Eck Robertson can be credited as the genre’s “inventor,” Rodgers is widely credited as the “Father of Country Music.” His signature yodel and uncanny ability to blend a wide range of influences has landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame and, of course, the Colin’s Review Hall of Fame. Keep reading below for Jimmie Rodgers music reviews and accolades.