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Comment by bgold43 on August 8th, 2008 at 5:17 am

It might be noted that recent Alt. Country artists such as Gillian Welch, Iris DeMent, etc. are from middle class backgrounds and states far from the source of the music they love to portray. This does not seem to make it any the less viable or indeed, enjoyable.

Comment by Joe Arnold on April 15th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Mike Johnson, Country Music’s No.1 Black Yodeler was born in 1946. His early influences were the singing cowboys. The sound of the steel guitar paved his way to country music and he honed himself on the music of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and his songwriting idol, Roger Miller. Mike wrote his first song in 1957 and began performing in the mid-1960s. He is a US Navy [1967-1969] Vietam Veteran and recorded in Nashville from 1981 to 1989. In April 2007, Library of Congress Officials, Janet McKee and Peter Stark, inducted 114 of Mike Johnson’s yodeling songs into the Recorded Sound Reference Center’s permanent music collection at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. In July 2009 Library of Congress Official Pat Baughman included the newly published “Mike Johnson Song Folio” into the Recording Arts Reading Room collection at the Library of Congress. In August 2006 the “Mike Johnson Yodeling 40 Years” CD [RCD22-080601]featuring 50 of his yodeling songs, was released. [Mike has written more yodeling songs than anyone] Mike’s discography contains two 45rpms, four cassette albums, four cassette singles, and 40 CDs. His 14-page website provides a detailed biography, discography, music store, photographs, his art and literary works [he was drawing and writing stories as a child] and black country artist page.
Joe Arnold, Roughshod Records manager

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