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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bradley Kincaid day

Bradley Kincaid, or the "Kentucky Mountain Boy", was one of the most famous old-time musicians on radio during the late 1920s, if not the most famous. He was born in 1895 in Kentucky and learned the old folk ballads from his mother. He served in the army during the first World War and moved to Chicago in 1922 with his wife. Around 1926, he auditioned at WLS and the station manager was so impressed, that Kincaid was able to appear again on the station. He then became a member of WLS's successful saturday night barn dance show, the National Barn Dance, through which he gained a widely popularity. In 1927, he made his first recordings for Gennett, cutting one of his favorites, "Barbara Allen", among others. But it was the radio that got him such a popularity during the late 1920s. He was even compared to Al Jolson or Gene Austin. Kincaid kept on recording and broadcasting on various radio stations through the 1930s and 1940s, appearing also on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and remaining popular on the folk and early country scene. In 1950, Kincaid gave up his career, although he recorded a series of LPs on the Bluebonnet label. He died in 1989.

Here are three songs:
1. Barbara Allen
2. Picture from Live's Other Side
3. Bury Me Out on the Prairie

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