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With their intricate instrumental interplay and driving rhythms, String Bands were the most distinctive subgenre of old time country. Though all old-time artists supported themselves with stringed instruments, string bands were notable because they emphasized the instrumentation, not the singers. The popularity of string bands faded in the '30s after Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family became country's first stars, yet the groups provided the foundation for the harder sounds of bluegrass in the late '40s.

String Bands Artists Highlights

Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
The Red Clay Ramblers
The Red Clay Ramblers
Mike Seeger
Mike Seeger
Jethro Burns
Jethro Burns
Hackberry Ramblers
Hackberry Ramblers
Russ Barenberg
Russ Barenberg

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String Bands Album Highlights

The Early Years (1958-1962)
The New Lost City Ramblers
The Early Years (1958-1962)
Twisted Laurel/Merchants Lunch
The Red Clay Ramblers
Twisted Laurel/Merchants ...
Roots n' Blues: The Retrospective 1925-1950
Various Artists
Roots n' Blues: The ...
Freedom Highway
Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
There Ain't No Way Out
The New Lost City Ramblers
There Ain't No Way Out
Cajun String Bands 1930's: Cajun Breakdown
Various Artists
Cajun String Bands 1930's: ...

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String Bands Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Sitting on Top of the World Mississippi Sheiks
Old Pipeliner Hackberry Ramblers
Merchants Lunch The Red Clay Ramblers
Birmingham Sunday Rhiannon Giddens
Molly Put the Kettle On
The Skillet Lickers
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms The New Lost City Ramblers
Sally Ann Fuzzy Mountain String Band
Old and in the Way
J.E. Mainer
Goodbye Liza Jane Charlie Poole
Peg and Awl
The Carolina Tar Heels

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