I've been a judge at a local "old-time fiddler's contest" for many
years, and there has always been controversy about some tunes.
Typically, we only allow tunes that originated at least 75 years ago
(we're a little more lenient with the term "old-time"). I can get
fooled by an unusual "new" tune, and ballads are even worse. This year
we had a disagreement that spilled over into some debate among the
judges, contestants, and organizers, so I'm trying to remove some of the
guess-work. Here's my question:
What is the best written source for determining the earliest recording
of a piece of music loosely dubbed "country?" It needs to be affordable
to an individual, indexed and somewhat portable. Online would be OK if
Any leads would be very much appreciated.
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