The first generation emerged in the early 1920s, with Atlanta’s music scene playing a major role in launching country’s earliest recording artists. James Gideon “Gid” Tanner (June 6, 1885 – May 13, 1960) was an American old-time fiddler and one of the earliest stars of what would come to be known as country music . His band, the Skillet Lickers, was one of the most innovative and influential string bands of the 1920s and 1930s. Its most notable members were Clayton McMichen (fiddle and vocal), Dan Hornsby (vocals), Riley Puckett (guitar and vocal) and Robert Lee Sweat (guitar). New York City record label Okeh Records began issuing hillbilly music records by Fiddlin’ John Carson as early as 1923, followed by Columbia Records (series 15000D “Old Familiar Tunes”) (Samantha Bumgarner) in 1924, and RCA Victor Records in 1927 with the first famous pioneers of the genre Jimmie Rodgers and the first family of country music The Carter Family. Many “hillbilly” musicians, such as Cliff Carlisle, recorded blues songs throughout the 1920s.