GPB: Atlanta’s Original Old Town Road: The Site of Country Music’s First Hit Could Be Demolished

1923 pressings of songs that were recorded by Ralph Peer at 152 Nassau Street in Atlanta, including "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" by Fiddlin' John Carson, credited as the first country music hit.

The newest Ken Burns series premiering in September follows the vast and varied evolution of country music over the 20th century. The eight-part series begins not in Nashville, nor Bristol, but Atlanta.

That’s because, in 1923, OKeh Records music pioneer Ralph Peer came from New York to the South and set up a temporary recording studio smack dab in downtown Atlanta at 152 Nassau Street. That’s where he recorded early country, blues, jazz and gospel artists, including what is known as country music’s first hit, “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” by Fiddlin’ John Carson.

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