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James Cole String Band

James Cole was one of a small number of black fiddlers from the historic '20s and '30s stringband days whose playing managed to be documented on recording, but he certainly isn't one of any small number of people named James Cole. Factor in a few named Jimmy Cole and there is the making of some kind of not all-star, but cool all-Cole combo. There is even strong reason to believe there were actually two fiddlers from the same era named James Cole, but even some of the most intense detectives from the ethnomusicology department have given up sorting out who is who.

The Dallas String Band

The music of the Dallas String Band has been called pre-blues as well as proto-blues. The group has been referred to as the only black string band in history and an early Texas country band, sometimes in the same paragraph, often after being credited with erasing all color lines in American musical history. Enough lies are told about the group to resemble another great cover-up in Dallas history, the one with the grassy knoll and the book depository.

Deford Bailey

DeFord Bailey (December 14, 1899 – July 2, 1982) was an Americancountry music and blues star from the 1920s until 1941. Bailey was both the first performer to be introduced as playing on the Grand Ole Opry and also the first African-American performer on the show. He played several instruments but is best known for his harmonica tunes.

Taylor's Kentucky Boys

One of the first interracial recording sessions for this genre

In the photo of this band Taylor, who was their manager and not a musician, is holding the fiddle. Jim Booker (who is African American) doesn't appear in it, though he fiddled on all the band's recordings.


Elizabeth Cotton

Georgia Buck


Elizabeth 'Libba' Cotten Medley:

North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes. Music from 1958. A) Here Old Rattler Here; B) Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow; C) George Buck; D) Run...Run; E) Mama Your Son Done Gone; F) Sweet Bye And Bye; G) What A Friend We Have In Jesus. 

Jimmy Collier Videos

As a young man, singer/songwriter Jimmy Collier helped dismantle segregation in the South through the power of music. He shares his experiences traveling with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and transforming African-American spirituals into civil rights anthems.