Jimmy Martin was a bluegrass guitarist whose simple, commercially-oriented recordings brought him fame and earned the title, “The King of Bluegrass.” Nonetheless, his alcoholism and explosive mood swings scuppered his dream of joining the Grand Ole Opry to his reputation’s detriment.
James H. Martin was born August 10th, 1927, near Sneedville, Tennessee, in the Cumberland Mountains. There he sang in church, inspired by his gospel-singing mother and stepfather. In his teens, he bought a guitar and was taught to play by Reuben Gibson. He began working as a housepainter... Read More