Learn more about the fascinating history of rural music from the bibliography and discography below, or check out the archives and journals for an in-depth, sometimes scholarly, exploration. We recommend Powells.com as an online source for books and Djangos.com as an online CD store.


Online Archives

    American Folklife Center, Library of Congress www.lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/
Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi www.olemiss.edu/depts/south
Texas Folklife Resources www.main.org/tfr
Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA www.blueridgeinstitute.org
Texas Heritage Music Foundation www.texasheritagemusic.org
National Council for the Traditional Arts www.ncta.net
Country Music Foundation www.halloffame.org
Shape Note Music Resource Guide www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/resource
Old Time Music on the Web (resource guide) www.korrnet.org/jca/oldtime.htm
University of Mississippi Libraries Blues Archive www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/files/music/bluesarc.html
Gospel Music Association www.gospelmusic.org
Gospel Music Hall of Fame www.gmhf.org
Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill www.lib.unc.edu/mss/sfc1/


The Blues News www.thebluehighway.com/news.html
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine www.bluegrassmusic.com
Journal of Country Music
Living Blues Magazine www.livingblues.com
The Old Time Herald Magazine www.oldtimeherald.org
Old Time Music Home Page www.oldtimemusic.com
Singing News (Gospel music magazine) www.singingnews.com



Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development. Lafayette University Southwestern Louisiana, 1989.
Ancelet, Barry Jean. Makers of Cajun Music. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1984.
Ancelet, Barry Jean, Jay D. Edwards and Glen Pitre. Cajun Country. Jackson, Mississippi, University Press of Mississippi. (1991).
Bealle, John. Public Worship, Private Faith: Sacred Harp and American Folksong, University of Georgia Press, 1997.
Boyd, Jean A. 1998. The Jazz Of the Southwest-An Oral History of Western Swing.
Austin: University of Texas Press.
Bufwack, Mary A., and Robert K. Oermann. Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music. New York: Crown Publishers, 1993.
Clarke, Donald. The Rise and Fall of Popular Music, St. Martin's Press. Originally published 1995.
Cobb, Buell E. Jr. The Sacred Harp: A Tradition and Its Music, University of Georgia Press, 1978
Cohen, John and Mike Seeger. Old-Time String Band Songbook, Oak Publications, New York, 1964.
Dawidoff, Nicholas. In the Country of Country, Pantheon Books, New York, 1997.
Ellison, Curtis W. 1995. Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven. Jackson: University of Mississippi.
Fehrenbach, T.R. Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1968.
Fowler, Gene and Bill Crawford. Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves (Revised Edition), University of Texas Press, 2002.
Gould, Philip (Photographs). Cajun Music and Zydeco. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press 1992. Introduction by Barry Jean Ancelet.
Govenar, Alan B and Jay F. Brakefie1d. 1998. Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where
the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged.
Denton: University of North
Texas Press.
Green, Douglas. Country Roots: The Origin of Country Music. New York: Hawthorne Books, 1976.
Haslam.. Gerald W. 1999. Workin' Man Blues: Country_Music in California. Berkeley: University. of California Press.
Kirby, Jack Temple. 1995. The Countercuitural South. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
Lornell, Kip. Virginia’s Blues, Country & Gospel Records 1902-1943, University of Kentucky Press, 1989.
Malone, Bill C. Southern Music/American Music. (University Press of Kentucky, 1979.)
Malone, Bill C. Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class. (University of Illinois Press, 2002.)
Malone, Bill C. 1985. Country Music USA Rev,ed. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Malone, Bill C. 1993. Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers: Southern Culture
And the Roots of Country Music
. Athens, University of Georgia Press.
Malone, Bill C., and Judith McCulloh. 1975, Stars of Country Music: Uncle Dave
Macon to Johnny Rodriguez.
New York: Da Capo Press.
McLean, Duncan. 1997. Lone Star Swing: A Scotsman Odyssey in Search of the True
Meaning of Texas Swing.
New York: W. W. Norton and Company.
Oermann, Robert K. America’s Music: The Roots of Country. Atlanta: Turner Publishing, 1996.
Peña, Manuel. The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-Class Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985.
Russell, Tony. Blacks, Whites and Blues. Stein and Day, ND.
Savoy, Ann Allen. Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People.. Eunice, La., Bluebird Press (1984).
Spitzer, Nicholas. Louisiana Folklife: A Guide to the State. Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, 1985.
Tosches, Nick. 1985. Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll. New York; Da
Capo Press.
Wolfe, Charles. 1997. The Devil's Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling. Nashville:
Country Music Foundation Press.

Individual Artists

Burton, Thomas G. ed., Tom Ashley, Sam McGee, Bukka White: Tennessee Traditional Singers. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980.
Cooper, Daniel. 1995. Lefty Frizzeil: The Honky Tonk Life of Country Music's Greatest Singer. Boston: Little, Brown. and Company.
Delmore, Alton.(ed. by Charles Wolfe). 1995. The Delmore Brothers: Truth is Stranger Than Publicity. Nashvi1le: Country Music Foundation Press.
Escott, Colin. 1994. Hank Williams: The Biography. Boston; Little, Brown. and
Ginell. Cary. 1994. Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing. Urbana:
University of Illinois Press.
Lee, R. Alton. The Bizarre Careers of John R. Brinkley. (University Press of Kentucky, 2002.)
Orgill, Michael. Anchored in Love: The Carter Family Story. (Fleming H. Revell Company, 1975.)
Paris, Mike. Jimmie the Kid: The Life of Jimmie Rodgers. Da Capo Press, 1981
Porterfield Nolan. 1979. Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue
Urbana: University of lllinois Press.
Rodgers, Carrie. My Husband, Jimmie Rodgers. Vanderbilt/CMF Press, 1995.
Sheldon, Ruth. Bob Wills: Hubbin’ It. Vanderbilt/CMF Press, 1995.
Townsend, Charles R. 1976. San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Whiteside, Johnny. ND. Ramblin’ Rose: The Life and Career of Rose Maddox. Vanderbilt/CMF Press.
Wills, Rosetta. The King of Western Swing: Bob Wills Remembered Toronto: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1998
Wilmeth, Thomas. The Music of the Louvin Brothers: Heaven's Own Harmony, Edwin Mellen Press, 1999.
Wolfe, Charles K. Classic Country: Legends of Country Music. (Routledge, 2001.)
Wolfe, Charles K. A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry. Vanderbilt/CMF Press, 1999.
Wolfe, Charles K. In Close Harmony: The Story of the Louvin Brothers, University Press of Mississippi, 1996.
Precious Memories of Virgil O. Stamps (Dallas: Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company, 1941).
CMF Staff; Edited by Paul Kingsbury. Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press, 1998.


Anchored in Love (1927-1928) Rounder CD-1064
Anthology 1935—1973, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys: The Tiffany Transcriptions
Rhino Records ASIN B0000032MM Audio CD May 31, 1992 Original Release 1991.
Bear Family Box Set. Audio CD. September 5, 1994 Original Release 1992 Bear Family ASIN B00000IAXL
Before the Blues: The Early American Black Music Scene 1996. 3 volumes Yazoo 2015-17.
The Carter Family on Border Radio from Radio Station XET Monterrey N.L. Mexico 1939, 3 vols. (Arhoolie Records/Arhoolie Productions, 1995
Conjunto Bernal: 16 Early Tejano Classics. Arhoolie 9010
Country Boogie. 1939-1947. 1998. Fremeaux & Associates: FA 160
Diggin': Hot, Small Lahel Texas Swing. 1946-55. 1998. Krazy Kat; KK CD 24.
The Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets: Vol. I: 1894 – 1928 Document Records
Gran Prairie: A Cajun Music Anthology. The Historic Victor Bluebird Sessions: 1935-1940. Country Music Foundation.
Hillbilly Blues.1928--1946. 1997. Fremeaux & Associates: FA 065.
Hillbilly Boogie. 1994. Columbia (Legacy): Country Classics CK 53940.
Hillbilly Fever, vol 1: Legends of Western Swing - 1995. Rhino; R2: 71900/A 26108.
Honky Tonk Blues. ND. Music Heritage MH602.
Jitterbug Jive: Hot Texas Swing. 1940-41. 1997. Krazy Kat: KK CD 19
Legends Of Guitar: Country, Vol. 2 (Incl. Jimmy Bryant, Chet Atkins, Clarence White, Merle Travis, Tony Rice, Albert Lee, Hank Garland, James Burton, etc.) Rhino-CD70723
Mexican-American Border Music Vol. I An Introduction: The Pioneer Recording Artists
Arhoolie CD 7001
Mitchell’s Christian Singers, volume 2 1936-38, compiled by Johnny Parth, Document Records DOCD 5494, Austria
Nite Spot Blues: Hot Western Swing from the Southwest l929-1941. 1998. Krazy Kat: KK CD 20.
Norteño Acordeon Part 1: The First Recordings. Arhoolie/Folklyric LP 9006.
Norteño & Tejano Accordion Pioneers. Arhoolie CD 7016
Old Harp Singers: Hymns, Anthems, Fuguing Tunes from Tennessee. Folkways 2356. FASOLA: 53
Raise Your Window: A Cajun Music Anthology. The Historic Victor Bluebird Sessions: 1928-1941. Country Music Foundation
Roots of Country: The Story of Country Music. 4 vols. 1996. Friedman/Fairfax.
Roots of Country: ASIN B00005NTSP. May 1, 2001.
Roots of of Rock 'n Roll. 4 vo1s. 1999. Fremeaux & Associates FA 35I-54.
Smile and Jive: Kings of Western Swing. 1997. 2 vol. Charity: CDGR 182.2.
Stompin' at the Honky Tonk (Roots of Rock 'n' Rol1, vol. 7). President: PLCD 563.
Stompin' Western Swing (Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. vol. 2). 1996. President: PLCD 552.
Sweet Temptation, Merle Travis 1946-53 Razor & Tie Music 82214
Texas Heritage Music Festival, Live From Kerrville, Texas Heritage Music Foundation, 1997
Texas Music, Vol 2: Western Swing and Honky Tonk. 1994. Rhino: R2 71782/A\ 24956.
Times Ain't What They Used To Be,Yazoo 2047.
A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World. Merle Haggard Koch International ASIN B00000ISL0 Audio CD June 20, 1995
Wanderers Swing: Texas Dance Hall Music. 1994. Krazy Kat KK CD 11.
White Country Blues, 1926-1938: A Lighter Shade of Blue. 1993. Columbia (Legacy): Roots 'n Blues CK 47921
Western Swing: Texas. 1928-1944. 1994. Fremeaux £ Associates: FA 032.

Individual Artists
Nathan Abshire, French Blues, Arhoolie CD 373.
Amédé Ardoin, I'm Never Comin' Back: Roots of Zydeco. Arhoolie 7007
Charline Arthur, Album Welcome to the Club, Bear Family Records BCD 16279-AH.
Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies 5 vols. Texas Rose Records: TXR.CDl-5.
Cliff Bruner and His Texas Wanderers 5 vols. 1997. Bear Family; BCD 15932.1-5 El.
The Carter Family Their Complete Victor Recordings, Rounder 1064, 1065, 1066, 1067, 1070, 1071, 1072
Harry Choates. The Fiddle King of Cajun Swing. 1993- Arhoo1ie: CD 380.
Harry Choates: Five-Time Loser 1940-1951. 1999. Krazy Kat: CD 22.
Delmore Brothers, Brown's Ferry Blues. 1995. Country Records. CCS.CD-116.
The Delmore Brothers, Sand Mountain Blues. ND. Country Records CCS-ll0.
Adolph Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers 1998. Sarg Records: Sard CD 101 .
Adolph Hofner and His Texans: South Texas Swing. 1994. Arhoolie: CD 7029.
Louvin Brothers, Satan is Real, Capitol Nashville Records 37378
O’Brien, Tim and Molly, Away Out on the Mountain, Sugar Hill Records. ASIN B000000F3J. 1994.
The Maddox Brothers and Rose on the Air. (Arhoolie 447)
The Maddox Brothers and Rose, Vol. I (Arhoolie CD 391)
Narciso Martínez: Father of the Texas-Mexican Conjunto. Arhoolie CD 361
“$35 And A Dream” by Rose Maddox (Arhoolie CD 428)
Sam McGee, Grand Dad Of The Country Guitar Pickers, Arhoolie CD 9009
Emmett Miller: The Minstrel Man from Georgia. 1996 reissue of 1920s recordings. Columbia {Legacy): Roots 'n Blues, CK 66999.
The Essential Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys 2 vols. Columbia (Legacy): CK. 52479-80; C2K 52478.
Moon Mullican, Moonshine Jamboree. 1993. ACF: CDCHD 458
The Riley Puckett Story, Roots RL-701, LP (1971)
Leslie Riddle, Step By Step, Rounder, 1993
Ride with Bob. Asleep at the Wheel. Dreamworks ASIN B00000JW0J.
Jimmie Rodgers, The Blues. 1927-1933. 1996. Fremeaux & Associates: FA 254
Songs of Jimmie Rodgers, A Tribute Sony ASIN B000002BLD. August 19, 1997
Merle Travis, Walkin' the Strings. 1996/1960. Columbia (Vintage) 7243-8-35809-2-7
Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, The Original Folkway Recordings 1960-1962. 1994. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: CD SF 40029730
Hank Williams: The Original Singles Collection. 1990. Polydor: 847 195-7-2
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys: The King of Lone Star Swing (Roots of Rock 'n Roll, vol 3). 1996. President. PLCD 553
Doc Watson The Vanguard Years (1968)
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys: Anthology. 1935-1973. 2 vols. Rhino A2 22327 A 223228-9
Kitty Wells The Golden Years 1949-1957, Bear Family X15239.

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