Frankie and Johnny - Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers: The Depression Era

Episode 4

Episode date - September 5, 2014

How Music Changed

    The adverse effects of the Depression did not set in immediately for the outer, rural sections of the country. There, the effects came on slowly and then sank in deeply.

    For a while, it appeared that Jimmie Rodgers might somehow be unaffected, as his popularity remained consistent, but in time, it became very obvious that the public was having enough problems without spending an entire day’s wage on a 78 RPM record. It didn’t help matters that a pack of copycat artists were cropping up like weeds, which led to a general dismissal of anybody who yodeled. Worse, Rodgers’ health deteriorated steadily, making live appearances difficult and sometimes brutal.

    Regardless of thee setbacks, Jimmie Rodgers plugged on, trying to simultaneously beat time and fate.

    Featured tracks include;

    Daddy and Home

    Frankie and Johnny

    My Rough and Rowdy Ways

    Hobo Bill’s Last Ride

    Mississippi River Blues

    Blue Yodel #7

    Blue Yodel #11

    Pistol Packin’ Papa

    Blue Yodel #8

    Blue Yodel #9

    T.B. Blues

    Travelin’ Blues

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