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Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music -- Corrected

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Ralph PeerDoes Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected sound interesting to you? It should! Barry Mazor, always informative and well versed, will be dealing with the remarkable career of Ralph Peer in his presentation. No doubt it will include Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and a whole lot more. Mazor’s writings often appear in the Wall Street Journal and he recently interviewed Ry Cooder for a public event at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum. His latest book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music will be the definitive work on Peer. No doubt his Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected presentation to International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be fascinating. And…watch for Mazor at the Wednesday 5.20.2015 5:00-8:00pm Vanderbilt Holiday Inn social hour, picking, book launch, and picking.

The ICMC always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

Another bluegrass topic at ICMC will by by Rick Stern of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Stern's topic will be dealing with ‘Home Is Where...” Stern Indicates that Bluegrass “contains two spheres (secular and sacred) each of which employs the concept of ‘home’...with the first sphere described as longing and the second as hopeful.” Stern will deal with ‘several variations’ of home songs and deal with state and region songs as well. Stern is always thoroughly prepared and his banjo adds a great deal to all of the ICMC picking sessions!

ICMC long term friend Dan Simberloff shared a link dealing with the question of preservation on Music Row. Preservation of music row is related to the important questions of ‘critical infrastructure,’ authenticity, public memory, iconography as well as private property issues. ICMC has not taken a formal stand on such issues, but numerous sessions and panels have dealt with authenticity. It may well be that an ICMC panel on historic preservation and all its complexities as it relates to country music would be a great feature for a future ICMC.

Pickers don’t forget that there will be the usual informal picking Thursday evening prior to the 7:00pm keynote event and Friday evening at Studio It would also be great if pickers want to start their collaboration prior to the Thursday noon luncheon. Please contact Nate Gibson (nathandgibson@gmail.com) or Greg Reish (Gregory.Reish@mtsu.edu) for additional information. This includes the Wednesday 5.20.2015 pre conference picking component at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. Once again ICMC has been alloted the 9-10pm slot for ICMC pickers to perform at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt’s Wednesday evening singer-songwriter nite. Original material is required. Nate Gibson coordinates the singer songwriter time slot. Please contact Nate and/or James Akenson if you wish to participate.

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