October 29, 2009
Can''t make it to Nashville? We bring some of country''s classic instruments to you.
"On August 4, 1927, at a makeshift studio in a former furniture store in Bristol, Tennessee, an unknown singer from Mississippi made his first recordings for Victor Records. Accompanying himself on this plain-looking, but elegantly designed, mahogany and spruce Martin 00-18 guitar, Jimmie Rodgers recorded "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep Baby Sleep." Released two months later, they launched a recording career that would turn him into country musicÑ?s first superstar. The inscription "8-4-27 B. VA-TENN," written in India ink inside the guitarÑ?s sound hole, documents RodgersÑ? recording debut at the Bristol Sessions, which marked a turning point in the history of country music."