Charlie Poole

Born: March 22, 1892

Birthplace: Spray, Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Instruments: Banjo and Vocals. Charlie Poole developed a three-fingered banjo playing technique after a baseball accident injured his right hand. This technique influenced many banjo players and would later be perfected by Earl Scruggs.

1917: Met future brother-in-law, fiddler Posey Rorer in West Virginia.

1925: Formed the North Carolina Ramblers.

1925: Signed recording contract with Columbia Records.

July 27, 1925: Recorded "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues." The band went on to record over 60 songs for Columbia during the 1920s.

1929: Appeared in the Gibson Company catalog.

May 21, 1931: Charlie Poole died at 39. He was buried at Overlook Cemetery Eden, Rockingham County, North Carolina.

A documentary of his life is currently in production.

You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music

By Carl P. McConnell

Mabel McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
The Original Virginia Boys and the early days of radio.-

But for a few twists of fate, Atlanta could easily have grown to be the recording center that Nashville is today.Pickin' on Peachtree traces Atlanta's emergence in the 1920s as a major force in country recording and radio broadcasting, a position of dominance it enjoyed for some forty years. From the Old Time Fiddlers' Conventions and barn dances through the rise of station WSB and other key radio outlets, Wayne W. Daniel thoroughly documents the consolidation of country music as big business in Atlanta. He also profiles a vast array of performers, radio personalities, and recording moguls who transformed the Peachtree city into the nerve center of early country music.