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The biographies included in this section of Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol are meant to either summarize or further delineate the lives of the key individuals or performing groups mentioned in the exhibit and in Archie Green's article.

Many of the biographies here have been adapted fromThe Encyclopedia of Country Music (Paul Kingsbury, ed.), as well as online resources such as the All Music Guide (, and information on file and in the collections housed at the Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.