Personalities | Riley Puckett | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocals, guitar, 1894–1946)

Much of the success of The Skillet Lickers, the north Georgia string band led by Gid Tanner, was due to the warm, friendly singing of the blind Riley Puckett, who also anchored them with eccentric single-note guitar runs dictated by his own sense of time and melody. In 1924, he and Tanner had made some of the earliest recordings of fiddle-and-guitar music, and after The Skillet Lickers broke up he had a long career on radio and records.

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


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