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Mose Rager Kentucky's Incomparable Guitar Master


Mose Rager Kentucky's Incomparable Guitar Master



Mose Rager: Kentucky’s Incomparable Guitar Master is the story of this true Kentucky music legend who preferred living the quiet life to the fame he could have earned playing the country music circuit. There are many country guitar legends, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Eddie Pennington, to name a few, who trace the roots of their music to Mose Rager of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (home of the Everly Brothers). Known for developing a unique thumb-picking style, Mose worked as a barber and a coal miner when he wasn’t playing gigs with Grandpa Jones, Curly Fox and Texas Ruby. Readers will appreciate the skills and easy way of this gifted “box” player, and learn why Highway 176 in Drakesboro, Kentucky is named Mose Rager Boulevard in his honor.



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Acclaim Press


Morley, Missouri


Cultural History | History | Music Performance


Nancy Richey is an Associate Professor and the Visual Resources Librarian for the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU. A native of Mt. Hermon, Kentucky, Richey has been a faculty member at WKU since July 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and WKU where she received degrees in Information Science and Southern History. Richey has served on various historical boards, including Janice Holt Giles Society, Morrison Park Camp Meeting Site Restoration Board and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loves local history and notes that it is not “national history writ small” but that the stories others may have thought “too small” to tell can also be saved in this way.

Mose Rager Kentucky's Incomparable Guitar Master