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International Country Music Conference 2012 Call for Proposals

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ICMC 2012As the summer heat wave moderates a bit, we're moving along toward ICMC 2012. We continue to receive excellent proposals on topics never before addressed at ICMC or which take familiar topics and develop new data, insights, and analysis. ICMC stalwart Wayne Daniel and Kevin Fleming will be dealing with a topic related to the issue of defining country music. Their presentation "What's In a Name? Would That Which We Call Country Music By Any Other Name Sound as Sweet? The Billboard and Variety Answer" comes with a guarantee of Daniel's and Fleming's flawless presentation. Their research design even includes the statistical gold standard of randomization and will be shared in later ICMC eblurbs.

Next year's 29th annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be held beginning Thursday 24 May through Saturday 26 May 2012 in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row. The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) provides scholars an opportunity to share their work in all aspects of country music. ICMC broadly defines country music to include variants which share common historical and cultural roots ranging from Americana,, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Rock, Crossover, and Honky Tonk to the Nashville Sound, New Traditionalist, Old Time Country, and Western Swing. ICMC is truly international with scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom participating.

The Call For Proposals is available on line. You may use it or simply mail your proposal to James Akenson at Although there is an official deadline of Friday, 21 October 2011 we prefer to receive proposals well in advance of the deadline. As mentioned in this and previous ICMC eblurbs, we are already receiving some first class proposals from ICMC friends with great track records of well crafted, stimulating presentations.

Longtime ICMC friends April and Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital recently announced the release of ...I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces, a hardcover book with two CDs that brings together a collection of early photographs related to music, a group of 78rpm recordings, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. The set was compiled by acclaimed sound and visual artist Steve Roden.

Ted Olson announces something of significance to all of us associated with ICMC, the Charles K. Wolfe American Music Series. This prospective book series will serve as a way of commemorating Wolfe's work and building upon it. The Wolfe series will be edited by Ted Olson ( and published by the University of Tennessee Press. You may send Ted Olson proposals that constitute cutting-edge scholarship as well as more popular works that reflect Wolfe's range of interests but also expand beyond them.

Karen Raizor continues with her Homer and Jethro emphasis with a proposal titled "Another 'Lady Chatterley's Lover': The Battle of The Battle of Kookamonga." Raizor states "During their 39-year career Homer and Jethro saw their fair share of controversy over the lyrical content of some of their parodies. The most controversial of all of their hits was also their most successful, 1959's "The Battle of Kookamonga." The song's journey went from the pen of a first-time writer to threats of lawsuits to an eventual Grammy." This presentation should be worth the price of ICMC 2012 registration in-and-of-itself!

Former ICMC presenter Bill Rouda and author of "Nashville's Lower Broad: The Street That Music Made" requests that you vote for his book at the following hot link Please do so TODAY as the deadline is 15 August.

Again for ICMC 2012, the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt will be the official ICMC hotel. We will be receiving the contract shortly. As usual, there will be a block of rooms set aside at an attractive rate with access to the Holiday Inn shuttle as well as access to socializing and riding to and from Belmont with fellow ICMC attendees.

And... again for ICMC 2012 Nate Gibson will be the ICMC Picking Coordinator. Nate's organization and great musical skill and presence added a lot to ICMC 2011! Please contact Nate ( to be included in his distribution list for picking updates.

Should you have colleagues who would like to receive ICMC eblurbs, please send their names, institutional affiliation, and email addresses to James Akenson at

By now you have suffered the worst of summer's heat! Should you no longer wish to receive information from ICMC please reply and your request will be honored. Don Cusic and James Akenson. ICMC Co-Chairs.

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