Gwin Foster

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Gwen Foster in 1927

Gwin Stanley Foster (December 25, 1903 – November 25, 1954), also known as Gwen or Gwyn,[1] was an old-time/country harmonica and guitar player who was known for work in The Carolina Tar Heels[2] and the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers [de].[3]

He was born in Caldwell, North Carolina, and died in Gastonia, North Carolina, the son of Joe Foster and Myra Elizabeth (nee Day).[4] He worked in the textile mills, where he met banjoist Coble "Dock" Walsh, and they formed the band.[5]


  1. ^ McGee, Marty (2000). Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge: Old Time, Early Country, Folk and Bluegrass Label Recording Artists, with Discographies. McFarland. p. 41. ISBN 9780786408764. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ Country music: a biographical dictionary by Richard Carlin
  3. ^ Tom Ashley, Sam Mcgee, Bukka White: Tennessee Traditional Singers edited by Thomas G. Burton, pgs 32-34
  4. ^ North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976. North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates.
  5. ^ Russell, Tony (2010). Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost. Oxford University Press. p. 221. ISBN 9780199839902. Retrieved 18 June 2017.

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