Re: [Harp-L] History of Bluegrass Harmonica

Depends on whether you include old-timey harmonica.

For something close to bluegrass while being past old-timey, check out Jimmy Riddle with Roy Acuff in the 1940s.

Dave Payne and Cara Cooke may have something to say on this subject.


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 From: Glenn Weiser <banjoandguitar100@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx" <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 6:58 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] History of Bluegrass Harmonica
Calling all harmonica scholars-
As far as I know, the first recorded instance of the harmonica in bluegrass music is Charlie McCoy with Flatt and Scruggs in 1962. Is anyone aware of any earlier examples? I have been in touch with the senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and we are trying to piece this together. I will eventually do a Sing Out! column on this topic.
Glenn Weiser

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