Originating in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1937, the Coon Creek Girls were an all-female string band that specialised in the sounds of Appalachian folk, Bluegrass and Country. This style predated country music and ultimately played a major part in its development from the mid-1930’s onwards.
The Coon Creek Girls were created and named by John Lair for the Renfro Valley Barn Dance show ( a country music stage and radio show originally carried by WLW-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday nights). Consisting of sisters Lily May Ledford and Rosie Ledford (from Powell County, Kentucky), Esther “Violet” Koehler (from Indiana) and Evelyn “Daisy” Lange (from Ohio) completed this 4-piece band with Sister Minnie Lena Susie Ledford was also credited elsewhere.
The very haunting Red Rocking Chair is a classic track typical of the great music produced in Appalachia and featured on the Coon Creek Girls 1968 eponymous album. It’s wistful beauty has truly got under my skin and I can’t this one out of my head at the moment. Check it out above.
The band’s banjo player, Lily May Ledford made her own recording of Red Rocking Chair in 1968, check her version out below.