Ernest Stoneman (pictured in the middle with guitar) had a hit in 1925 with the "Sinking of the Titanic", but was also present in the summer of 1927 at the famed Bristol Sessions. He was one of the few artists who recorded in the first week of this historic event. He was the cause for later artists to record for Ralph Peer in Bristol. After an article in the local newspaper, which described how much money Stoneman had earned with recording, an amazing amount of other old-time musicians travelled to Bristol, many of them had never been to Bristol before or didn't even knew it. Some of the acts were Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Alfred G. Karnes, the Bull Moonshiners, B.F. Shelton, the Shelor Family, Dock Boggs, Blind Alfred Reed and many more. So, Ernest Stoneman can be regardd as one of the most important figures in old-time music.
Listen to some more of Stoneman's old tunes:
1. He Was Nailed to the Cross for Me
2. I Got a Bulldog (with the Sweet Brothers)
3. Down on the Banks of the Ohio (incomplete)