His is the music of America. He sang the songs of the
people he loved, of a young nation growing strong. His
was an America of glistening rails, thundering
boxcars, and rain-swept night, of lonesome prairies,
great mountains and a high blue sky. He sang of the
bayous and the cornfields, the wheated plains, of the
little towns, the cities, and of the winding rivers of
Born September 8th, 1897 in Pine Springs, Mississippi, Jimmie Rodgers spent nearly half his life as a brakeman on railroad lines across the country, often working as an entertainer on radio stations and in travelling shows. His recording career began in Tennesee with legendary A&R man Ralph Peer, selling close to 12 million records in the six short years before his death at the age of 35.