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The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962: The Birth of Steel Guitar

Episode 5

Episode date - February 23, 2024

How Music Changed

    Over the previous four shows, we’ve covered numerous innovations that helped the guitar to diversify. With episode five, we can finally address its first huge wave of popularity.

    What is strange is how the guitar became the biggest thing in America because of its presumed exoticism! It’s a long story with a lot of twists and turns that we hope will explain the influence Hawaiian music had on country-western music. With this show we also reach the point where we feature the first recording with an ‘electric’ guitar, so pull up a seat and enjoy the music, along with a healthy amount of fun information.

    Featured tracks include:

    Drowsy Waters- Frank Ferera 

    Wreck of the Old 97 – Vernon Dalhart w/ Frank Ferera

    Farewell Blues – Sam Ku West

    Hula Blues – Tau Moe & the Original Hawaiians

    Punaiki Ea – Tau Moe

    Honolulu March – Sol Ho’opi’i

    Fascinating Rhythm – Sol Ho’opi’I & his Novelty Quartet

    Steel Guitar Blues – Roy Acuff w/ Bashful Brother Oswald

    Old Age Pension Check – Roy Acuff w/ Bashful Brother Oswald

    Some of These Days – Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies w Bob Dunn

    Cheesy Breeze – Bob Dunn

    Ida Sweet as Apple Cider – Pappy O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys w/ Wilson “Lefty” Perkins

    Rose Room – Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies w/ Lefty Perkins

    Channel 30 - The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962