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Martin Gilmore & The Cody Sisters play Jimmie Rodgers & The Carter Family

February 24 @ 8:00 pm

Join us as Martin Gilmore performs the music of Jimmie Rodgers, and The Cody Sisters Band plays the music of The Carter Family!

Martin Gilmore and The Cody Sisters Band take you back to the 1920s, as Martin performs the songs of Jimmie Rodgers, and The Cody Sisters perform selections from the Carter Family’s legendary catalog. Come away with a fresh appreciation of the roots of country music!

In 1927, Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company embarked on a journey to record the music of the Appalachian region. Arriving in Bristol, Tennessee in July, he set up his recording equipment in a building on State Street and recorded several local artists and musicians. During these sessions, two of these groups, The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, would spark a new and unique genre of American music that came to be known as country music.

Martin Gilmore is an instructor at the University of Northern Colorado in the Folk and Bluegrass Program. He also teaches bluegrass and songwriting at Swallow Hill Music Association. He has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist as well as with his acclaimed bluegrass band, Long Road Home.

The Cody Sisters Band is the very heart of contemporary acoustic music in Colorado, the United States and UK. Their propulsive instrumental solos and warm harmonies combine to grip the listener. Along with their bass player Will Pavilonis, Megan (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Maddie (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) have forged a new sound that has no equivalent match in the acoustic world today. Their sound is original, exhilarating, and heartwarming all at the same time. With strong ties to traditional American acoustic music, they continue to stun their audiences both in the US and abroad.


This concert is part of The Big Bang of Country Music: Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, a class from University of Denver Continuing Education, taught by Martin Gilmore. The class features three, in-person sessions on Wednesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2024, from 7-9 pm.

During this course, Martin explores the history surrounding the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers as well as their legacy. The class also examines the beginnings of their musical styles, the changes in technology and business practices that helped pioneer the new genre, the ways they influenced other artists in country music and the lingering influences they had on music.

Learn more about the class and register here.


Swallow Hill Music – Tuft Theatre
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210 United States