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Ernest V. Stoneman, one of the pioneers of recorded old-time music, was born in Carroll County, Virginia on May 25, 1893. He grew up in this music-rich area and in his youth was exposed to the wealth of religious music and old-time ballads of the people around him as well as the string band tradition that abounded in the mountains.
All of the recordings that Ernest made for Edison, fifty in all, were recorded in New York City between June of 1926 and November of 1928. The recordings made in 1926 were vocal solo's accompanied by Stoneman's own guitar and harmonica. When he returned to the Edison studios in January of 1927, he brought with him his "Dixie Mountaineers" to add fullness to the accompaniment.