The Stripling Brothers

Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


From early childhood the two brothers, Charlie (Charles Nevins Stripling, 8 August 1896, Pickens County, Alabama, USA, d. 19 January 1966, Alabama, USA) and Ira (b. Ira Lee Stripling, 5 June 1898, Pickens County, Alabama, USA, d. 11 March 1967, Alabama, USA), developed a considerable level of skill as fiddlers and guitarists. By their late teens, they were well known throughout the state, especially in the northern hill country. With a repertoire of traditional songs, they often entered contests and maintained a competitive edge to their performances by developing ear-catching techniques. They played on radio in Alabama and adjacent states and in the late 20s were recorded in Birmingham, Alabama, by Vocalion Records. This first recording date produced ‘The Big Footed Nigger In The Sandy Lot’ and ‘The Lost Child’, which attracted a lot of attention. Historically, ‘The Lost Child’ was of special importance as researchers and archivists...

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