the first nationally known star of country music and the direct influence of many later performers, from Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Williams to Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard. Rodgers sang about rounders and gamblers, bounders and ramblers -- and he knew what he sang about. ... In an era when Rodgers' contemporaries were singing only mountain and mountain/folk music, he fused hillbilly country, gospel, jazz, blues, pop, cowboy, and folk
Rodgers recorded with Louis Armstrong and influenced many bluesmen. He was the first inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, inducted as a fouding father in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and just this year (2013)added to the Blues Hall of Famer.