Personalities | The Cumberland Ridge Runners | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1930–35)

This group, created by the Berea, Kentucky, entrepreneur John Lair in 1930 for the WLS National Barn Dance, genially exploited popular perceptions of mountain folk through music and costume, and was an ancestor of shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and Hee Haw. The group lasted only five years, but its members went on to enjoy long careers in country music, among them Karl & Harty and singer-guitarists Doc Hopkins (1899–1988) and Red Foley (1910–68).

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


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