Ernest Tubb entered the world in 1914 as a resident of Crisp, Texas – a small farming community, now officially listed as a ghost town, approximately forty miles south of Dallas. Like most men of his generation, he received little formal education and often did manual farm labor. Tubb came from a broken home and spent much of his teens living with older siblings. After became fascinated with “The Singing Brakeman” Jimmie Rodgers at a young age, Tubb began working as a performer, despite the fact that he had limited natural ability as a guitarist, singer, or entertaining a crowd. Perseverance would help him overcome those obstacles and turn his limitations into assets.