Personalities | Uncle Jimmy Thompson | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
The first man to play on the Nashville radio station that would house the Grand Ole Opry, Thompson was a Tennessee-born, Texas-raised fiddler with many contest rosettes to his name when he sat down at a WSM microphone in November 1925. Accompanied by his daughter Eva, who played piano or danced, he toured small-town Tennessee in a homemade mobile home, playing, on ‘Old Betsy’, fiddle tunes that dated back to the Civil War.
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