Personalities | Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocal/instrumental duo, 1927–33)

The sound of the steel guitar has been part of country music almost from the beginning. An influential early exponent was Jimmie Tarlton (1892–1979), who partnered singer-guitarist Tom Darby (1891–c. 1971) in a series of duet recordings between 1927 and 1933, including two of the biggest hits of the period, ‘Birmingham Jail’ and ‘Columbus Stockade Blues’. With their plaintive harmonies and Tarlton’s swooping slide guitar – particularly effective on blues – they were one of the most distinctive acts of their day.

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


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