Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 19 September 1872

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 19 September 1872

Postby dbennett » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:36 am

James Brownlow Hicks (1872-1949) was born in Watauga County, North Carolina. Son of Samuel and Rebecca Malinda Harman Hicks and husband of Lucinda Belle Presnell Hicks.

I read somewhere (but have since lost the source) that many in the Hicks family believe James Brownlow built the first dulcimer on Beech Mountain. Two of his brothers, John Benjamin Hicks (1870 - 1945) & Roby Monroe Hicks (1882 - 1957) also made and played mountain dulcimers.

He died May 15, 1949 at Banner Elk, Avery County, North Carolina.
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