The first nationwide country hit was "Wreck of the Old 97",backed with "Lonesome Road Blues", which also became quite popular.Jimmie Rodgers, the "first true country star", was known as the "Blue Yodeler", and most of his songs used blues-based chord progressions, although with very different instrumentation and sound from the recordings of his black contemporaries like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith.In 1994, the former cheerleader and bowling aficionado made her Broadway debut in a celebrated production of Suddenly, young professional women looking for love had a heroine, and Calista had a 0,000-a-week job a welcome change from the days when she'd be hard pressed to pay two months' rent at one time."We looked at hundreds of actresses, and Calista walked in and she was Ally," says prolific producer David E Kelley."She has a vulnerability and this kind of strength at the same time." And as the press started to talk Calista was labelled anorexic, amongst other things those qualities were put to the test.Dogged by persistent rumours of eating disorders it didn't help that she'd portrayed a bulimic in an HBO drama Calista rose above it all. Bill Monroe is known as the Father of Bluegrass, a specific style of country music.
The rhythm's what's important." After blues artists like Mead Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson launched a nationwide boogie craze starting in 1938, country artists like Moon Mullican, The Delmore Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and the Maddox Brothers and Rosebegan recording what was known as "Hillbilly Boogie", which consisted of "hillbilly" vocals and instrumentation with a boogie bass line."I did a Burger King commercial in which I just wrapped up hamburgers. They were supposed to have my face but you know how that goes.I showed up and they said, 'We'll just use her hands'." That was before Calista's ease with physical comedy scored her an Emmy and those notoriously short skirts became a corporate office staple.The Maddox Brothers and Rose were at "the leading edge of rockabilly with the slapped bass that Fred Maddox had developed".Maddox said, "You've got to have somethin' they can tap their foot, or dance to, or to make 'em feel it." After World War II the band shifted into higher gear leaning more toward a whimsical honky-tonk feel, with a heavy, manic bottom end - the slap bass of Fred Maddox.
Zeb Turner's February 1953 recording of "Jersey Rock" with its mix of musical styles, lyrics about music and dancing, and guitar solo, is another example of the mixing of musical genres in the first half of the 1950s.