Personalities | Dock Boggs | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocals, banjo, 1898–1971)

Boggs grew up in south-western Virginia at a time when mountain people were reluctantly quitting the backwoods for the hell of the coalmines. His music, too, reflects adaptation – ‘Country Blues’, ‘Pretty Polly’ and ‘Down South Blues’ making an eerie connection between the dispassionate narrative of the hillbilly ballad and the personal testimony of the blues. His 1920s recordings having achieved almost legendary status, he was tracked down in the 1960s and persuaded to perform and record again.

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


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