Cal Stewart, Your Uncle Josh: America's King of Rural Comedy

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iUniverse, Sep 16, 2011 - Performing Arts - 276 pages
An American recording icon of the early 1900s, Cal Stewart created the popular Uncle Josh Weathersby character; Joshs town, Punkin Center; and the many colorful characters who inhabited his fictional town from Way Down East. Stewarts recordings were among the bestselling of the period, and through his satire he showed life in a fast-changing world. The actor, singer, songwriter, and author performed across the nation with his Cal Stewart & Co. group, consisting of his wife, the Indiana violinist Hazel Gypsy Rossini Waugh, and her younger brother and sister. For millions, Cal Stewart was the king of rural comedy.
 

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The Life and Times of Cal Stewart
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The Punkin Center Cyclopedium
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The Punkin Center Anthology
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Cal Stewart
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Cal Stewarts Monologues and Songs
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The Cal Stewart Discography
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Cal Stewarts Cylinder Recordings
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Cal Stewarts Disc Records
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Cal Stewarts Last Recordings
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Bibliography
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About the Author
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About the author (2011)

Randy McNutt is a cultural historian and the author of twenty nonfiction books on regional history, the Civil War, travel, politics, vintage music, and fading Americana. Cal Stewart, reissued here, was his first book. A record collector, he lives in Hamilton, Ohio, with his wife, the writer Cheryl Bauer.

He first learned of Uncle Josh when an elderly uncle played “Uncle Josh and the Honey Bees.”

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