- Hillbillie Blues
Posted on July 19th, 2011
One of the earliest recordings of Uncle Dave Macon in 1924 during his session in New York was ‘Hill BillieBlues’. It was the first song, according to Charles Wolfe – a country music historian – that carried the word‘hillbilly’ in its title. Uncle Dave Macon (1870–1952) was an American banjo player, singer, songwriter, andcomedian. He gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s and would later be a star of the Grand Ole Opry. As Charles Wolfe wrote, “If people call yodelling Jimmie Rodgers ‘the father of country music,’ then Uncle Dave must certainly be ‘the grandfather of country music’.In our present terminology we tend to associate ‘hill billie’ or ‘hillbilly’ with white country music, and ‘blues’with black, African American, folk music. We like to see it as two genres that exist on different sides of thesegregation fence, two different musical spaces entertaining an audience on different sides of the ropedividing the dance floor into a white and a black group. This approach however seriously distorts our viewand stands in the way of the full understanding (and appreciation) of the roots of American (and presentpop) music. Uncle Dave Macon for instance, the grandfather of the country music, had a significantrepertoire that he had learned from black singers, and his ‘Hill Billie Blues’ was a reworking of W.C. Handy’s‘Hesitation Blues’ (Wolfe). Clearly, on the field, the racial dividing lines that record companies tried tomaintain were not as impenetrable as they seemed at first sight.
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