Uncle Dave Macon was the first star of the Grand Ole Opry and one of the most influential musicians in early American music. In 1980, filmmakers Blaine Dunlap and Sol Korine produced The Uncle Dave Macon Program, a documentary chronicling the life of Uncle Dave and the history of his music. The Hotmud Family was an integral part of this documentary. This excerpt was filmed in Spring Valley, Ohio.


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The story of the Hotmud Family began in the late 1960s when three young musicians—Suzanne Thomas, Rick Good and Dave Edmundson—from Dayton, Ohio, began searching out and learning from old records by such pre-World War II country artists as the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Jimmie Rodgers, the Delmore Brothers and the Skillet Lickers. Inspired by the New Lost City Ramblers, Suzanne, Rick and Dave joined forces for nearly fourteen years to tour, play and record the old-time country music they loved. Documenting an especially fertile five-year period (1974-1978) during which the Hotmud Family recorded some of the freshest and most creative traditional country music of their era, these recordings sound even better now than when they were brand new.