Here’s an LP from Ernest V. Stoneman, “The Unsung Father of Country Music.” Stoneman made records starting in 1924 through the end of his life in 1968. These recordings were made near the end of Stoneman’s life and were lost until a decade after his death. This excellent record, released by Stoneman’s daughter, came out in the early 1980′s. It features Stoneman solo, singing old-time gospel and spirituals and playing the autoharp.
Ernest Stoneman was a very prolific recording artist, recording in a number of different combinations over his long career. During the years 1925 through 1929 Stoneman recorded more than 200 songs. He played the guitar, autoharp, harmonica, banjo, and jew’s harp, and also served as an A&R man. He was responsible for arranging the Victor Records recording sessions for Ralph Peer in Bristol, TN in 1927 where Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Alfred G. Karnes and many other amazing old time musicians made their debut recordings.
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