The Rager Family

Info from Penney Bruce Gates - Daughter of James and Karen Rager Bruce

Yes, Mose Rager is my uncle.  His brother, Lyman Eugene Rager, was my grandfather.  I remember going to "pickins' " at Uncle Mose and Aunt Laverda's house in Drakesboro when I was a little girl.  There is a picture of me somewhere sleeping in a guitar case.  My mom has some old tapes that she taped during these pickins.  They are quite distorted; nevertheless, they are of Merle, Uncle Mose, and lots of other folks when they were just starting out.

                                                                                               Karen Rager Bruce



1956 Photo of Ike Everly,  Merle Travis,  Mose Rager

Ike Everly was the father of Don and Phil Everly -"Wake Up Little Susie", etc.,   Merle Travis was a popular guitar 'picker' in his time,   Mose Rager taught Merle how to play the instrument.