Roni Stoneman’s pop inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

On February 12th, Ernest “Pop” Stoneman, father of University of Illinois Press author Roni Stoneman, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of reports, “Stoneman blazed the trail for country music well before the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made their breakthrough three years later. Indeed it was Stoneman who talked recording pioneer Ralph Peer into coming to Bristol, Tenn., to make the historic recordings that are now regarded as the beginning of country music.” Daughter Roni, best known for her work on Hee Haw, recently wrote her memoir Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story with Ellen Wright.

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