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Ed Kemmick – Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of the Father of Country Music
December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Journalist and musician Ed Kemmick and his brother John join us to present Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of the Father of Country Music on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center. Jimmie Rodgers, who was born in 1897 and died in 1933, was known in his time as The Singing Brakeman and The Blue Yodeler, and after it as The Father of Country Music. Bob Dylan wasn’t satisfied with any of those titles, so he came up with his own: The Man Who Started It All. Jimmie Rodgers has influenced countless musicians in many different genres, but his own music remains as powerful and affecting as it was when it was new. There was and there is something fresh, honest and big-hearted about his music, whether he was singing about ill-fated railroad men, lonely cowboys, love-struck city slickers or gun-toting gamblers. John and Ed Kemmick talk about Jimmie Rodgers’ life and influence, interspersed with their performance of some of his songs.
John and Ed join us as part of Hometown Humanities Sidney for a December double-header (with Mark Matthews on December 12) of interesting and entertaining music and history! Sponsored by Humanities Montana, this program and all Hometown Humanities programs are FREE and open to the public.