There may be a few fiddle tunes recorded earlier than 1921 but they will 
show up in this book.  And 1921 is certainly over 75 years ago.     Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] country music first recordings

I think there would be stuff older than 1921.


--- On Tue, 10/13/09, Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Thomas Stern <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] country music first recordings
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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 12:20 PM

Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942 (Paperback)
by Tony Russell Bob Pinson

cost $30-40

Best wishes, Thomas.

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[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Pete Tinker
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 1:27 PM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] country music first recordings

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.

Pete Tinker
23257 Gilmore St.
West Hills, CA 91307 USA
(home) 818 346 5213
(cell) 818 694 5213