Rodgers, originally a brakeman on the New Orleans and Southeastern Railroad, had only a short recording career because he'd contracted TB. He died a couple of days after his last recording session, during which he'd had to lie on a cot between songs to recover. You can see a little of this being used in a Clint Eastwood movie called Honky Tonk Man.
Here's a song he wrote about his condition. Some nice photos in the video, too.
Before I discovered Rodgers, this song was a big hit for Webb Pierce. The Soggy Bottom Boys also have a version in Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? Rodgers didn't write this one, but I like it anyway.
Rodgers influenced a lot of singers who came along later. Merle Haggard did a double album of Rodgers' songs in the late '60s. I have it, in fact, and listened to it many times long ago. Here's one of my favorites from the album, the cover of which is shown in the video.
This is the last song Rodgers recorded before he died. He was only 35 years old.