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Conversation and Performance: The 100th Anniversary of the First Commercial Recordings of Country Music with Laura Jane Houle


11:00 am-12:00 pm

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One hundred years ago, two champion fiddlers, Eck Robertson of Texas and Henry C. Gilliland of Oklahoma, recorded what are now widely hailed as the first commercial recordings of country music. This program commemorates the duo’s historic 1922 recordings—particularly Robertson’s masterpiece, “Sallie Gooden”—and features special guest Laura Jane Houle, a Texas fiddler and scholar of the tradition who grew up playing fiddle and formerly toured with the country band Flatland Cavalry. She holds a master’s degree in musicology and has completed her Ph.D. coursework in fine arts at Texas Tech University; her research analyzes playing techniques and the historical influence of Robertson and other fiddlers within country music. During the program, Houle will discuss Robertson, his fiddling style, and his signature selection, “Sallie Gooden,” and perform tunes associated with him. The Museum’s Dr. Patrick Huber will host the program. Ford Theater. Included with Museum admission. Program ticket required. Free to Museum members.

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