Dennis Omer “Dent” Wimmer (1908-1979) was one of nine children born to Thomas Fleming Wimmer and Hattie DeWeese Wimmer of Copper Hill in Floyd, County. Thomas Wimmer was a fiddle player, and he passed his […]
Meet the individuals who defined the sound of old time country music at the pinnacle of Appalachian ingenuity. These are the figures with the grit and fortitude for commercial success and those who maintained their connection to the deeper traditions of folk at the dawn of a new industry.
BY MALCOM SMITH— Albert Hash woke to the soft and haunting sound of the Hermit Thrush. The sun was just breaking over Phoenix Mountain and sparkling through the old-growth red spruce trees outside his bedroom
BY TOM CARTER— Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners, alternatively billed as the Shelor Family, recorded four sides for Victor in 1927. On these recordings Joe Blackard sang the lead and picked the banjo; his daughter Clarice Blackard