Personalities | Eck Robertson | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Fiddle, 1887–1975)

To fiddler Eck Robertson, and his often overlooked partner Henry Gilliland, goes the credit for recording, in June 1922, the first unequivocal country record: ‘Arkansaw Traveler’, an intricate fiddle duet, and ‘Sallie Gooden’, a virtuoso version of the traditional tune played by Robertson alone. He recorded again in the late 1920s with his family band, and reappeared at folk festivals in the 1960s, wearing a goatee like the cartoon Uncle Sam – and still playing brilliantly.

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


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