Top 10 Uncle Dave list

Uncle Dave MaconWhen you hear “Dave” and “Top 10” in the same sentence, most Americans immediately think of late night TV. Precious few of us would think… Uncle Dave Macon.

But that is exactly what The Murfreesboro Post did, publishing The Top 10 facts about Uncle Dave Macon in advance of the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days festival, set to begin July 13 in Murfreesboro, TN.

Many of these facts will be well known to fans of the legendary banjo player, comedian and entertainer – and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame – but a few may be unknown, such as #9.

9. Uncle Dave’s father was Confederate Civil War Capt. John Macon. In 1883, the elder Macon purchased the Broadway Hotel in Nashville, which was the unofficial headquarters of southern entertainers and minstrels. This is where Dave Macon is said to have learned much of his performance style. The family moved to Readyville in 1885 after John Macon was stabbed to death near the hotel. Uncle Dave was a witness to the murder.

Read the full piece on The Murfreesboro Post site. Thanks to our friends at The Fretboard Journal who found this article online.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.