Mark Lamarr's Redneck Music

Mark Lamarr traces the history of redneck music, depicting a rich and proud musical tradition.

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01The Big Bang20080216

Mark Lamarr traces the history of redneck music, depicting a rich and proud musical tradition.

Mark heads to Bristol, the Tennessee/Virginia border town high in the Appalachian Mountains which many view as the birthplace of country music.

It was in this small town on 1 August 1927 that Ralph Peer signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to Victor Records.

Over two weeks they recorded The Bristol Sessions which have become known as the 'Big Bang' of country music.

02Rough And Rowdy Ways20080223

Mark looks at the flip side of the Country coin - the hard living, telling it like it is (not to mention the drinking and fighting) that is traced back through men like Jimmie Rogers and Hank Williams, and women like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.

03When Country Met Elvis20080301

Mark turns to Memphis, where the Redneck sound changed direction in the Fifties.

He talks to Haydn Thompson and Sonny Burgess, Elvis Presley's label mates on Sun Records, to find out what happened to country music when the King came crashing in.

Mark then heads further south to Louisiana, where swamp pop reveals a melting pot of different influences.

04 LASTTexas And The West20080308

Mark looks at Texas Soul, the sounds of Austin and Western Swing and goes in search of the last Cowboy songs.

He also looks at some of the music that came out of the itinerant camps made so famous in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath.