Fiddlin' John Carson
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23 March 1868, on a farm in the hills of Fannin County, Georgia, USA, d. 11 December 1949, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It is likely that Carsons forebears arrived from Ireland around 1780; probably some were fiddle players, who brought instruments with them. It is said that Carson first began to play the fiddle when he was about 11. He also rode as a jockey as a boy until he became too big and heavy. At one time he worked in a cotton mill, and there is little doubt that he was also occupied as a moonshiner. He regularly played the fiddle and eventually relocated to Atlanta, where he earned a living busking and playing at local functions including political rallies. Over the years he became such an expert fiddler that between 1914 and 1924 he was named Champion of Dixie on seven occasions. He became one of the first country artists to play on local radio when he appeared on WSB Atlanta in 1922. In 1923, Atlanta record store manager Polk Brockman suggested to Ralph...