Uncle Dave Macon

The album, Uncle Dave Macon at Home, brought together three legendary individuals in southern music history.

David Harrison Macon (1870-1952) was Rutherford County’s first major musical star. He was famous for his banjo picking and comic routine, and became a popular performer on WSM Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” in the 1920s. The songs were recorded at his Kittrell home in probably May 1950. It is the only known full album recording that Macon made in Rutherford County.

Important Tennessee composer and folk music scholar Charles Faulkner Bryan (1911-1955) convinced Macon to record the songs at his home rather than a studio. The recordings, however, remained unreleased until Dr. Charles K. Wolfe (1943-2006), one of southern music’s most significant scholars, produced the album under the banner of the Tennessee Folklore Society, which was then based at Peck Hall at Middle Tennessee State University.

Royalties paid to the Macon family for the album’s sales were used for the upkeep of the Coleman Cemetery, where Uncle Dave Macon is buried, outside of Kittrell.

uncle dave macon at home album cover

Uncle Dave Macon, “Take Me Back to my Old Carolina Home”