'Pickin' on Peachtree' by Wayne Daniel

'Pickin' on Peachtree' by Wayne Daniel

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PICKIN' ON A PEACHTREE by Wayne Daniel (University of Illinois Press, 1990) 298pp, paperback. Georgian Wayne Daniel, whose work has often been seen in Bluegrass Unlimited, has put together a well-researched survey of country music in Atlanta from the early part of this century to the 1980s. Atlanta was the most important recording center for country music for at least a decade ofr so starting in 1923, but was also a center of important fiddlers conventions as early as 1913, and its radio stations, led by WSB, hosted a variety of early morning, mid-day and Saturday night programs featuring old-time & country music for over 490 years on such shopws as the CROSS ROADS FOLLIES and the WSB BARN DANCE. Daniels book, woven into 9 chaptures, is much of the time almost like a catalog of the many artists and group members who made up the Atlanta scene, and an accurate index will guide the reader to hundreds of names. Some of the most prominent and most interesting are the BLUE SKY BOYS, JAMES & MARTHA CARSON, PETE CASSELL, COUNSIN EMMY, FIDDLIN JOHN CARSON, GID TANNER, RILEY PUCKETT and CLATTON McMICHEN. I would have liked to have seen more detail on some of more interesting personalities like Pete Cassel, James & Martha, Grady & Hazel Cole, Red & Raymond Anderson, etc., but there is enough to give the reader a good general idea of the history of the music in one key region of the USA. With pix. $25.00