Jimmie Rodgers posing with his 1930 Model A Ford in Kerrville, Texas. This and many other vintage photos of Rodgers can be seen in the SFC’s current exhibit Jimmie Rodgers: The Father of Country Music, showing on the 4th Floor of Wilson Library through July 13.
Now there is one more place to find SFC content on the web: popular photo-sharing service Flickr. You can find the SFC photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/southernfolklife/
We’ll be using this space primarily to share items from the collection, mostly vintage photographs, as they are scanned for access. We’ve started with a few things you may know from this blog’s “Photo of the Week” feature, but we’ll continue to add images as they become available. Enjoy!
Please join us Tuesday evening, April 13th, for the opening of the new Southern Folklife Collection exhibit Jimmie Rodgers: The Father Of Country Music, celebrating the music and legacy of Jimmie Rodgers, one of the most popular and influential musicians of the 20th century.
The event starts with a reception at 5:00 PM, followed by a 5:45 talk by Jocelyn R. Neal, author of The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy In Country Music. Dr. Neal will be delivering a talk based on her research, “The Secrets of the Songs: Jimmie Rodgers and His Legacy.”
Following the talk, old-time musician Matt Kinman will be performing songs originally popularized by Rodgers and his contemporaries.
The opening event will be held on the 4th floor of Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!