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        One of the pioneering figures of country music throughout the early half of the 20th century, Samantha Bumgarner was a world-class banjo and fiddle player, winning numerous contests at a time when most women weren't even allowed the opportunity. Invited in 1928 by renowned banjoist Bascom Lunsford to attend the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville, NC, Bumgarner became a yearly staple, performing there until her death three decades later at the age of 80. Though she was... Read more

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