Excerpt from Foreword by Patricia Hager Rucker, Associate Professor Sociology
Country music, originally of interest in the rural south, has grown into one of the great American
success stories. Part of the reason for such success is
that the music speaks of the people who love it.
It speaks of time and place—of social, economic, religious
and political events. It voices love, joy, anger, fear, hunger, birth and death.
No social problem or shift in society is safe from song.
As country music has mirrored the culture of the time and place, it has
provided solace, entertainment, and humor to its performers and its listeners. Even during
the Great Depression when people couldn't' afford necessities, they somehow
found a few pennies to buy a record or go to a "country show". For the fans, music
made both hard times and good times better.
Emory Martin was one of those entertainers who made a difference. In the "One Armed
Banjo Player", his wife, Linda, records his musical success in working with such greats as Uncle Dave Macon.
Some of his personal strengths and successes are included.
The "One Armed Banjo Player" provides an inside look at country music and its
transition into a thriving commercial industry. It reflects love and respect
for the music and loyalty of fans. Camaraderie of those within the profession is apparent,
as is their willingness to cooperate and work with each other. Sense of group
is strong. The book witnesses the power of human spirit. Finally, it shows
the author's pride in her spouse and the contribution he has made—in fact, that
they both have made—to society.