He was known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler" and later and for always, "The Father of Country Music".
He had a penchant for entertaining, and at the age of 13 organized and starred in traveling shows. Of course his father would always wrangle him back in and bring him home, and Jimmie eventually began to work as a water boy on the railroad. He learned to pick and strum the guitar by the hobos who rode the rails. He was doomed to forever be a traveler and a singer of songs, and the world is forever lucky because of this.
He eventually came to hold the position of brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeast Railroad...until 1924 at age 27, he was diagnosed with TB, tuberculosis. This limited his job on the railroad to "switchman" and the lure of the guitar and the open road of entertaining became stronger.