Jimmie Rodgers Saga

As told by Merle Haggard

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"As Hank Williams later put it, "You've got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly."  Anyone who has heard Jimmie Rodgers sing "TB Blues" or "Lullaby Yodel" or "My Old Pal" will immediately recognize that Rodgers had lived, what he sang, had suffered the pain and anguish, had gone through it in the most metaphysical sense, as Ishmael penetrated the whiteness of the whale and survived to translate it into a statement of common faith, some resonant, soothing litany, beyond mere words but instantly perceived, shared, understood...Jimmie said, "I guess you got no business with the blues unless you can sing 'em."    


from JIMMIE RODGERS by Nolan Porterfield

"Soon after, he ran away from home with a medicine show, having convinced the management, based on his amateur "experience," that he was a professional performer.  He was already buy picking up ample numbers of girlfriends as a traveling showman, but also found time to pick up several stringed instruments; strumming mandolin and banjo in particular and, only secondarily, guitar.  At  that point, with the attractions of the show business life so clear to him, his father announced that Jimmie would be coming along with him to learn a legitimate, less frivolous trade, the rail tending section crew work that he supervised.  Jimmie's show business efforts were mostly put aside for the time being."   


MEETING JIMMIE RODGERS by Barry Mazor

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Wylie Gustafson

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler,