Jim Branson: Bluegrass born in N.C.

October 8, 2013 

Bluegrass born in N.C.

In discussing the bluegrass festival, David Menconi mentions in his Sept. 29 news column “Bluegrass perfected” that Nashville Tennessean music columnist Peter Cooper wrote a witheringly condescending column in which he called Raleigh “a fine city,” noted its basketball virtues and concluded, “What does that have to do with bluegrass? Well, nothing at all.”

Perhaps Cooper should brush up on his origins of bluegrass and old-time country music. He’d find that the Piedmont area of North Carolina was where the music was born among textile worker musicians, including the likes of Fiddlin’ John Carson, Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, Dave McCarn and the Dixon brothers.

Jim Branson, Wake Forest

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