- Paul F. Wells
A loosely defined term that is applied variously to older (i.e. pre–World War II) forms of country music, to a variety of traditional fiddling styles, and to modern performers who draw on or seek to perpetuate older styles. The history of the term has yet to be fully researched, but it was being used at least as early as the mid-1920s. In 1924 OKeh records used the term “Old Time Pieces” in ads to describe the music of two artists, Fiddlin’ John Carson and Henry Whitter. Carson and Whitter were among the first southern rural artists to be recorded, at a time when the genre that later came to be called Hillbilly music , and subsequently Country music , had yet to acquire an overarching rubric. The term was also used liberally during the nationwide, nostalgia-driven craze for “old-time” fiddling and dancing that was instigated by industrialist Henry Ford; this fad peaked in ...