Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Englishman who shaped American country music

Richard F Thompson of the British Bluegrass Music Association reports:

Uncle Art is the title of a forthcoming biography about Arthur Satherley [left] written by Alan John Britton, a talented musician from Bristol, England. Britton developed a deep fascination with the extremely influential, though hardly well-known, Englishman who shaped the sound of American country music in Nashville.

Satherley, remembered as 'Uncle Art' by his friends, travelled the southern states of America recording the hillbilly sounds of Appalachia that are the roots of country music. Uncle Art always said the music reminded him of his own Bristol home. Armed with primitive recording equipment, Art used school halls, log cabins, hotels, even a funeral parlour to record people such as Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and many others. Later, his recordings would turn from hillbilly toward the likes of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, the Bailes Brothers, Molly O’Day, and Clyde Moody.

The publisher of Uncle Art is Authorhouse Books UK, and the book will be available through Amazon, Waterstones, and Barnes & Noble in the USA.