Gid Tanner

By J Poet

 

James Gideon Tanner was born in Thomas Bridge, a small town near Macon GA in 1885. Tanner was a farmer who learned to play fiddle at 14 and was well known as a great musician. He competed in fiddling competitions throughout the state, vying with his only rival, Fiddlin' John Carson, for supremacy. Tanner said he could play over 2,000 songs by heart. He was a great showman, outrageous comedian, masterful musician and a singer with a three-octave range.

 

With his band, The Skillet Lickers, Tanner played dances all over the south and when OKey Records... Read More

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