Jimmie Rodgers Lands in Asheville Before the Big Bang of Country Music
In the spring of 1927, Jimmie Rodgers moved to Asheville and honed his craft with live performances on local radio station WWNC. A connection with music promoter Bascom Lamar Lunsford may have helped Jimmie secure an audition at the legendary Bristol Sessions that August.
The “Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina. Hosted by Laura Boosinger and produced by Kim Clark of WNCW-FM, the podcast is a joint effort of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council, WNCW-FM, and the American roots music journal No Depression.