September 17th is International Country Music Day and it “encourages us to break out the banjo, the fiddle, and the steel guitar. Crank up some tunes by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and Tim McGraw.”
According to nationaldaycalender.com, “Country music began right here in America. In the early 1900s, country music roots sprouted in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Victor Records produced the first country record with singer Eck Robertson. However, Jimmie Rodgers, earned the name of the “Father of Country Music.” In 1927, his song, “Blue Yodel #1” sold more than one million copies. Sadly, his death in 1933 cut his career short. In the 1930s and 1940s, cowboy movies featuring Roy Rogers and Gene Autry fanned the flames of country music.”
“By the 50s and 60s, Nashville earned the country music capital of the world crown. The genre spread to the West Coast, where country music combined with rock and roll to create rockabilly.”
Here in Delaware the country scene isn’t as big as Nashville but the music is very popular here in Delaware. Plus, we have our own country music star Jimmie Allen. Allen became the first Black solo performer to win New Male Artist of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards (at which he also performed a duet with Brad Paisley). Then he won the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, the second black artist to do so since Darius Rucker in 2009.
Today is the Day!!! 2nd Annual
Bettie James Fest!!! In my hometown of Milton DE. pic.twitter.com/qR6Bbe1x3I
— Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) August 13, 2022
Jimmie Allen has put a light a huge light on Delaware and country music as a whole. I now have started to listen to some country music and to be honest I really enjoy it. So, if you haven’t listened to Jimmie Allen or country music make sure you do you wont regret it.