Lesley Riddle

Lesley Riddle

An instrumental figure in the birth of country music.

Founded

June 13, 1905, in Burnsville, North Carolina

Full Name

Date of Birth

June 13, 1905, in Burnsville, North Carolina

Still Alive

Date of Death

July 13, 1980, in Asheville, North Carolina

Lesley Riddle.
Lesley Riddle.

About The artist

Lesley Riddle met A.P. Carter, patriarch of the legendary Carter Family, in December 1928. He taught Carter his unique picking technique on guitar and traditional songs and arrangements. He began to accompany Carter on his song-collecting trips and would act as a "human tape recorder," memorizing the different melodies. He would later teach the melodies to Sara and Maybelle Carter.

Did you know...

He lost his right leg at the knee in an accident at a cement plant where he worked. He learned to play guitar during his convalescence. He taught his unique picking style to the Carter Family, which became known as "Carter picking."

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