I was turned on to Jimmie Rodgers back in high school around 1960 when, somewhat inexplicably, some of my R&B-loving pals loaned me an album. I was just learning guitar and Jimmie's technique sounded doable. I have been a fan ever since, and heard his influence -- for instance, in the guitar signatures of country artists like Ernest Tubb and Merle Haggard.
Now I'm learning so much more as I read "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers." Thanks Barry for the book (which resonates nicely with my memories of artists I heard at Newport in 1963 and 1964) and for your edifying columns in WSJ.
Have just finished reading "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your research is phenomenal.
I particularly enjoyed Chapter 12. Can I ask what you think of a theory that "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Gene Vincent owed a lot to Jimmie? Eddie Cochran arranged it and the guitar is very much an updated electric version of Jimmie's licks.