Riley Puckett

George Riley Puckett[1] (May 7, 1894 – July 13, 1946)[2] was an American country music pioneer, best known as a member of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers.

Riley Puckett
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Riley Puckett
Born(1894-05-07)May 7, 1894
Dallas, Georgia, United States
DiedJuly 13, 1946(1946-07-13) (aged 52)
East Point, Georgia, United States
GenresOld time music
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsGuitar, banjo, vocals
Years active1924–1941
Associated actsGid Tanner, Skillet Lickers
1934 song "Ragged But Right" by Riley Puckett.

His dynamic single-string guitar playing, featuring dramatic bass runs, earned for him an enviable reputation as an instrumentalist. Many aspiring guitarists who followed him have studied and copied his style. Although he was an accomplished musician on several instruments, his singing was most responsible for establishing him as an important figure in the history of country music.


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