Moses Bonner : The Birth of Texas County Music

Moses J. Bonner was a Confederate veteran and skilled fiddle player who played an important role in the development of Texas County music. Moses Bonner was born in 1847 in Fort Worth, Texas, and he joined the Confederate army at the start of the Civil War. Throughout the conflict, he served as a courier, Company E, 12th Texas Cavalry Regiment, Parsons Brigade, Confederate States Army. Enlisted in 1864 at Mansfield, Texas..

After returning to Fort Worth after the war, Bonner resumed his career as a farmer. He maintained his passion for music, however, and began playing the fiddle at local gatherings and dances. Bonner quickly established himself as one of the most talented fiddle players in the area.

In the early 1900s, Bonner’s music career took a new direction. He started performing on the newly-formed WBAP radio station in Fort Worth. Listeners quickly fell in love with his music, and he became a regular performer on the station. Bonner’s fiddle playing was instrumental in defining the sound of Texas County music, a genre that was still emerging at the time.

Bonner continued to perform on WBAP until his death in 1939 at the age of 92. He significantly contributed to the development of Texas County music, and modern-day Texas musicians still hear his influence in their music.

Aside from his music career, Moses Bonner was also an active member of his community. He was a well-known member of the local Masonic lodge, and he was recognized for his charitable work in the area. Today, Bonner is remembered as one of the most significant figures in the history of Texas County music, and his legacy as a musician and community leader endures.

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