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In this week's podcast, we meet country singer/songwriter and 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient Mel Tillis. A natural-born storyteller, Tillis also incorporated humor into his act, and was named Comedian of the Year six times during the 1970s. This is particularly noteworthy considering...
Roy Acuff (center) and Pap Wilson (left) with Bashful Brother Oswald on the Grand Ole Opry , early 1940s. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry Archives On November 28, 1925, a fiddler named Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first performer on a little radio show broadcast out of Nashville called the...