I’m going to start another regular feature about music. I’d like to explore the roots of rock and roll and I’m going to start with Jimmie Rogers (1897-1933) also known as The Singing Brakeman: the Father of Country Music. He brings the blues, country and folk together. One of his most famous trademarks was his yodel.
His first job was as a water boy for the railroad and that’s where he learned how to strum and pick the guitar. During his time on the railroads he would’ve heard the work chants of the African American railroad workers. They were called gandy dancers. The British term is navvy from the word navigator.