9-CD box/1DVD (LP-size) with 176-page hardcover book, 248 tracks. Playing time approx. 686 mns.
If Jimmie Rodgers is the Father of Country Music, then Uncle Dave Macon is surely the Grandfather. He brought dozens of old folk songs, vaudeville songs, blues, gospel songs, and comedy songs into the Twentieth Century. He was one of the first country stars to record, the first star of the Grand Ole Opry, and one of the first members elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Above all, he was an entertainer supreme, and one of the most accomplished banjoists in country history.
Here for the first time are all his commercial recordings, as well as several test pressings, rare home recordings, and an entire side of recently discovered Opry air checks from 1939-1940 that have never been released. The sound of these 248 ageless classics has been digitally enhanced without damaging their integrity or purity. Mastering was by Grammy-winning Chris King, and the final preparation by
The DVD (NTSC format) contains the 1940 film 'Grand Ole Opry' that features Macon. The book contains newly discovered photos and illustrations, complete song lyrics transcribed by Paul Ritscher and
Robert Nobley, a newly researched biography by Charles Wolfe, and a revised discography by Ralph Rinzler, Norm Cohen and Tony Russell.
‘Folks – if you ain’t right, get right. And let your conscience be your guide, because I’m going to play with more heterogeneous constapolicy double flavor and unknown quality than you!’ - Uncle Dave Macon.
‘Uncle Dave Macon was the most unique individual I ever knew. Everything he did was the Uncle Dave way. When I started out, he was the biggest star on the Grand Ole Opry, and when we toured, it was Uncle Dave who drew the crowds for Roy Acuff.’ - Roy Acuff.
‘Uncle Dave was probably our first rock star. He brought a lot of good music to the table, and he knocked the door down for all of us to be characters that played country music.’ - Marty Stuart.
‘He may not have been the best banjo player or the best singer, but he sure as heck was the best something.’ - Curly Fox.
‘And now friends, here he is, Uncle Dave Macon, the Dixie Dewdrop, with his pug hat, chin whiskers, and that million dollar Tennessee smile. Take’er away, Uncle Dave!’ - George Hay, founder of The Grand Ole Opry.
‘Long Live Uncle Dave’ - Pete Seeger, April 2004.