Personalities | Buell Kazee | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
(Banjo, vocals, 1900–76)
A trained musician who thought he had left old-time music behind him in rural Kentucky, Kazee nevertheless became an important early country recording artist. His banjo-accompanied versions of traditional American ballads like ‘East Virginia’ and ‘The Wagoner’s Lad’ influenced generations of singers, incuding Joan Baez. His career didn’t outlast the Depression, but by then he was a Baptist minister, and his later years were devoted to writing operas and cantatas based on folk themes.
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