Uncle Dave Macon, Classic Sides 1924 – 1938

Ed Ward

By Ed Ward

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Uncle Dave was a born entertainer, and one of the first country superstars, at least in part because his enthusiasm was so contagious. He attacks his banjo with insane energy, yelling and whooping as he thunders through the instrumental passages, singing with a gusto that threatens to blow the recording needle right out of the wax groove. Macon remained popular long enough to join, in 1925, what would eventually become the Grand Ole Opry, where he became its first major star with the usual mix of sacred and profane, all delivered with perfect sincerity.