Jimmy Martin


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Birth Date
Deceased Date
Job Title
Musician, Guitarist

Jimmy Martin came to the door the day of his interview in nothing but his boxers. He exclaimed, “Was that today!? Well, come on in, let me go get my teeth” and so started one of the most entertaining interviews of our collection. Known as the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy pioneered the guitar sound of the early Bill Monroe band as well as a style that would forever change American roots music. In addition to his recording and concert tours, Jimmy would often sit in with bands to provide lessons on his unique guitar strumming style.