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<span style="" >Country Music Sources</span>

1024 pp., 7 x 10, bibl., index

Distributed for the Southern Folklife Collection, Academic Affairs Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in association with the John Edwards Memorial Forum

ISBN  978-0-8078-2723-9
Published: June 2002

Country Music Sources

A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music

By Guthrie T. Meade Jr.

Awards & Distinctions

2003 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Country Music, Association for Recorded Sound Collections

This book provides information on some 14,500 recordings of 3,500 old-time folk and country songs recorded between 1921 and 1942. Each performance receives a full citation, including the date and place of recording, original and variant artist, and title credits. Whenever possible, songs are traced back to their original lyricists and composers or to major published and unpublished folksong collections. Entries are grouped into broad subject categories: ballads, popular songs, religious songs, and instrumentals.

Based on 35 years of research in public and private collections of recordings, broadsides, pamphlets, and sheet music, this valuable resource allows a fresh understanding of pre-World War II country music and its intricate connections to the blues, old world folk music, and the broad spectrum of American popular song.

About the Author

Guthrie T. Meade Jr. was a computer programmer and systems analyst with a lifelong interest in folk music, especially traditional country music and Kentucky fiddlers. Country Music Sources was completed and prepared for publication by Dick Spottswood and Doug Meade following the author's death in 1991.


"One of the most impressive accomplishments in the history of country music scholarship. It is a big, juicy mother-lode that contains more new, hard data than anyone in this field has seen in years. . . . A definitive reference book that should be on every library shelf and in the hands of any serious student of American music."
--Journal of Country Music

"This definitive work provides easy access to a huge body of information. It is invaluable for any research in early country/folk music songs and recordings."

"This generation's most important reference book. . . . A handsome, definitive reference book that should be on every library shelf and in the hands of any serious student of American music."
--Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter

"Easily the most important research aid for the study of country music undertaken in our time. . . . Country Music Sources stands as a tribute to Meade and other selfless and indefatigable collectors . . . who have devoted lifetimes to the accumulation of songbooks, folios, sheet music, records, radio transcriptions, and other ephemera related to American vernacular music."
--Bill C. Malone, No Depression

"Gus's magnum opus will be a prime resource for folksong and tune researchers for years to come. . . . We are deeply in his debt for compiling this comprehensive work."
--Joseph C. Hickerson, from the Foreword

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