Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman," rose to the heights of popular music during the 30s with a "hillbilly" style which earned him the title "Father of Country Music."
Born in Geiger, Al.,in 1897, Rodgers joined the railroad at 14. He recorded his first songs in 1927 in the famous Victor Talking Machine Company "Bristol Sessions."
The session led to more work with Victor which released his hits songs such as "T For Texas," "In The Jailhouse Now," and "Brakeman Blues." As a songwriter, Rodgers penned many hits with his sister Elsie McWilliams.
He died May 26, 1933 of Tuberculosis.
Rodgers is the 1993 John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award recipient.
Other Jimmie Rodgers Links
Jimmie Rodgers at the American Music Archives
Bio of Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers--"The Singing Brakeman"
Jimmie Rodgers at rockhall.com
Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Mississippi