Jimmy Martin

Jimmy Martin came to the door the day of his interview in nothing but his boxers. He exclaimed, “Was that today!? Well, come on in, let me go get my teeth” and so started one of the most entertaining interviews of our collection. Known as the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy pioneered the guitar sound of the early Bill Monroe band as well as a style that would forever change American roots music. In addition to his recording and concert tours, Jimmy would often sit in with bands to provide lessons on his unique guitar strumming style.  

Interview Date:
July 22, 2004
Date of Birth:
August 10, 1927
Deceased Date:
May 14, 2005
Job Title:
Musician, Guitarist

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