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Carl Story, Knoxville's Bluegrass Pioneer

RAMBLE ON: The Rambling Mountaineers’ lineup in 1946, the year the band settled in Knoxville, included (clockwise from top left) Hoke Jenkins, Jack Shelton, Curley Shelton, and Story.

RAMBLE ON: The Rambling Mountaineers’ lineup in 1946, the year the band settled in Knoxville, included (clockwise from top left) Hoke Jenkins, Jack Shelton, Curley Shelton, and Story.

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  • HOT COUNTRY: The Rambling Mountaineers of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s (shown above with Ernest Tubb) was “the hottest group I ever had in my life,” Story said.
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  • FAN FAVORITE: Story may never have had a national breakthrough, but he remained popular in the Southeast through the 1950s.
  • SETTING UP SHOP: Story briefly owned a record shop inside Bower’s Department Store on Market Square in the early 1950s.
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  • RAMBLE ON: The Rambling Mountaineers’ lineup in 1946, the year the band settled in Knoxville, included (clockwise from top left) Hoke Jenkins, Jack Shelton, Curley Shelton, and Story.
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