Southern Music Project
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed "Satchmo," "Pops" and, later, "Ambassador Satch," was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the 1920s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong's charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music.
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie also known as Woody Guthrie was born in the south of Oklahoma. After serving in WWII, he continued to perform for farmer and worker groups. "This Land Is Your Land" was his most famous song, and it became an unofficial national anthem. His autobiography, Bound for Glory, was filmed in 1976.
Jimmie Rodgers was a country singer who became famous for his style of yodeling. He was one of the first country superstars, and is remembered as the father of country music. He ran away from home while he was 14 after winning the talent show to become an aspired musician.
After he became a musician, he went on to be a country star.
Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name, and for the great majority of the 20th century, embodied the art form. Beginning with his Blue Grass Boys in the '40s, Monroe defined a hard-edged style of country that emphasized instrumental virtuosity, close vocal harmonies, and a fast, driving tempo. The musical genre took its name from the Blue Grass Boys, and Monroe's music forever has defined the sound of classical bluegrass - Jelly Roll Morton was an American jazz pianist and songwriter born on October 20, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He traveled nationwide performing as both a solo and small group musician. He led the Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers band in the...