Personalities | Dick Burnett | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocals, banjo, guitar, 1883–1977)

A singer, banjoist and guitarist from southern Kentucky, blinded in a shooting accident in his early twenties, Burnett wrote (but did not record) ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’, made famous again through its use in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? He and his playing partner, the fiddler Leonard Rutherford, were one of the most gifted duet acts on early country records, and even today there are musicians faithful to their fluid, close-knit style.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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