That Sounds Like Jimmie with Kris Truelsen

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The Handmade Music School: Online Sessions presents “That Sounds Like Jimmie” with Kris Truelsen on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 3:00pm. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).

Learn a few tunes from the catalogue of America’s Blue Yodeler Jimmie Rodgers as well as some key tools to play Rodgers style guitar. We’ll explore the many reasons why Jimmie’s sound influenced the world of country music and beyond by learning a few choice Jimmie tunes as well as artists who emulated him in the early 30s. Expect to come away with some new approaches to guitar back up, build your repertoire and learn some history as to why Jimmie Rodgers is considered the “Father of Country Music.”

Kris Truelsen is the leader of Bill and the Belles, a cutting-edge stringband based out of Johnson City TN. Over the years Kris has developed a unique approach to singing, songwriting and guitar playing influenced by sounds of the past yet remaining fresh and original. As the first to earn his masters degree in Appalachian Studies from East Tennessee State University, he continues to expand and share his knowledge of traditional American music and his enthusiasm surrounding early country music touches audiences internationally. Kris is the Producer of Radio Bristol and hosts the historic radio program “Farm and Fun Time.”

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