Personalities | Charlie Poole | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
(Vocals, banjo, 1892–1931)
A textile-mill worker and banjo player, Poole led one of the finest of old-time bands, The North Carolina Ramblers, with guitarist Roy Harvey (1892–1958) and a succession of fiddlers headed by Posey Rorer. Their first release, ‘Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues’ and ‘Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?’ in 1925, sold in six figures. With his rowdy lifestyle and endearingly creaky singing, Poole was much loved in Appalachia and his music is still remembered there.
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