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Murfeesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Uncle Dave Mason (1870-1952)

— Rutherford County, Tennessee —

 
 
Uncle Dave Mason (1870-1952) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Masler
1. Uncle Dave Mason (1870-1952) Marker
Inscription.  One of Tennessee's early country music performers was the irrepressible singer and banjo player, Uncle Dave Macon, the "Dixie Dewdrop."

David Harrison Macon was born in the tiny hamlet of Smartt Station in Warren County, and spent his teenage years in Nashville where his parents operated the old Broadway Hotel. Among the clientele were vaudeville and other traveling performers, both black and white, whose music and songs influenced the young Macon.

After getting married, Macon moved to a farm east of Murfreesboro and hauled freight with mule teams while continuing to learn old folk songs from members of the community. He sang as he drove and picked his banjo under a handy shade tree when he stopped for a rest. After a trucking company forced him out of business, Macon embarked on a career in music soon after his fiftieth birthday.

After a couple of years, a talent scout signed Uncle Dave to entertain at vaudeville theaters around the country. Before long, he was sent to New York to record and his fame spread rapidly. In 1925, Macon became one of the first performers on the Grand Ole Opry and, for a while, was
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its only superstar. By the 1930s he was a regular on the show and played there until a few months before his death. No one aided the transformation of folk music of the nineteenth century into modern country music more than Uncle Dave Macon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 35° 50.646′ N, 86° 23.772′ W. Marker is in Murfeesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker can be reached from South Front Street west of South Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 S Front St, Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tollgate (here, next to this marker); In Memory of Jesse Messick (within shouting distance of this marker); Leeman House (within shouting distance of this marker); One-Room Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); University House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1900s Telephone Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Loom House (One-Room Log Cabin) (within shouting distance of this marker); Doctor's Office (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Also see . . .  Uncle Dave Mason recording (YouTube). (Submitted on August 1, 2022, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Uncle Dave Mason (1870-1952) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Masler
2. Uncle Dave Mason (1870-1952) Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2022, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2022, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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