Personalities | Sam & Kirk McGee | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
(Vocal/instrumental duo, 1920s–70s)
The McGee brothers, Sam (1894–1975) and Kirk (1899–1983) from Franklin, Tennessee, were the first guitar stars of the Grand Ole Opry, and remained affiliated to the show for half a century. Sam’s adroit picking is exemplified by his own discs, including ‘Buck Dancer’s Choice’ and others with Uncle Dave Macon, whom he and his brother (Kirk doubling on bluesy fiddle) accompanied on records and personal appearances. They later worked with fiddler Arthur Smith, and continued to perform and record into their seventies.
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