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Michael Doubler on Uncle Dave Macon at ICMC 2016

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Uncle Dave MaconThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased to continue sharing ICMC 2016 presentations that make the ICMC program varied and intriguing. New BFF Michael Doubler enjoyed ICMC 2015 so much he submitted a proposal for ICMC 2016. Uncle Dave Macon is highly significant to the early history of country music. Doubler of the Macon-Doubler Fellowship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee will discuss “Worthy of Estimation: Unknown Elements of Success in Uncle Dave Macon’s Career.”

Doubler indicates that while “Uncle Dave Macon’s innate talent as a banjoist and songster is well known, other key factors which propelled his career to new heights are all but unknown. Perhaps the most crucial was his acumen as a business manager in developing an extensive, informal network of promoters who organized his myriad, local performances. Much of his success as a song writer must go to a silent partner, his sister, Annie Macon Youree, who helped Uncle Dave compose and refine many of his protest and sacred songs. These and other personal factors will be fully examined during the presentation.”

Longtime ICMC friend Martin Fisher at the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Popular Music recorded ICMC 2015 presentations on mp3 files now available in Drop Box. Send Martin an email at Martin.Fisher@mtsu.edu and he will send you an invitation to download the presentations. Another long time ICMC friend, Ted Olson, has an upcoming release on Blind Alfred Reed on Dust-To-Digital produced by ICMC friends April and Lance Ledbetter. https://www.dust-digital.com/blind-alfred-reed/.

Tennessee Tech PhD student Randy Williams (daibando@gmail.com) is beginning research related to the sacred-profane, heaven-hell dichotomy in country music in both the symbolic (Rodgers-Carter Family, etc) as well as lyrical level in country. Williams would appreciate input from ICMC friends ranging from basic ideas to citations of books, journals, songs, and social media.

The International Country Music Journal will publish a special issue devoted to Bluegrass this fall. If you have academic articles on Bluegrass, please send them to Don Cusic or contact him if you have questions at don.cusic@belmont.edu. Deadline for manuscript submissions for this special Bluegrass issue is August 1, 2016.

Don Cusic (don.cusic@belmont.edu) continues to request your manuscript submissions for the usually scheduled International Country Music Journal. Although the ICMJ is an official function of ICMC, Cusic welcomes well written manuscripts whether they have been presented at ICMC or not. The deadline for ICMJ 2016 is Tuesday, 2 February 2016. ICMJ 2015, is available at Amazon.com and those attending ICMC 2015 received a copy as part of their registration fee. And…..Don Cusic is certainly open to suggestions for special issues or thematic issues of ICMJ.

Please keep in mind that we now have an ICMC Facebook Page. You’ll need to search for it as International Country Music Conference as opposed to ICMC. We are trying to post items of interest as often as possible. Please visit and LIKE it. The more LIKES we have the greater traction we have to distribute the ICMC message. During the past week we’ve shared video of Judy Lee and Betty Amos practicing Orange Blossom Special, Don Cusic with Duane Eddy, 87th birthday wishes for Wayne Daniel and others. We also try to get out some tweets #ICMCTwangTown. but need your participation retweeting, favoriting, and sending tweets with relevant content including @TwangTownICMC in the messages.

We want to remind you once again to show your creativity and become eligible to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card at the Saturday 28 May luncheon. So….submit your picts interacting with a famous statue, life sized cardboard cutout, or museum setting with a famous country music (broadly defined as we do at ICMC) artist or artifact to jakenson@tntech.edu by Friday 29 April 2016. Late entries will cannot be considered. The decision of the judge(s) will be final. You may see an example of a cleverly structured pict below.

The Holiday Inn Vanderbilt will again be the ICMC hotel of choice. The ICMC rate is $129.00 (plus taxes) and a $20 daily parking fee if you use their parking lot. You may make reservations at 1.615.327.4707, mention the International Country Music Conference, and the registration code ICMC. The block of room will be held until Wednesday, 27 April 2016. After that date, rate and availability cannot be assured. The Holiday Inn shuttle can be used to take you to Belmont. There should be several ICMC attendees who could help you with rides in their private vehicles.

Please don’t forget about the Wednesday 25 May Parthenon Room of the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt pre conference social from 5-8pm. It features Calfkiller Beer presented by the highly witty and articulate Sergio Brothers from Sparta (Don and Dave), socializing, picking, and short ‘book launch’ talks by various authors. Please contact James Akenson (jakenson@tntech.edu) if you wish to be wish to discuss and display your book. Later, from 9-10pm ICMC pickers who have ORIGINAL MATERIAL may perform at the Holiday Inn Singer Songwriter Nite. Please contact Singer Songwriter Nite coordinator Nate Gibson (nathandgibson@gmail.com) or James Akenson (jakenson@tntech.edu).

Throughout ICMC there will be many opportunities for picking. If you wish to know more please contact picking coordinators Nate Gibson (nathandgibson@gmail.com) or Greg Reish (Gregory.reish@mtsu.edu) for more information. The picking seems to get better every year!

As always, if you have thoughts how ICMC may be made a stronger experience for attendees and presenters please let Don Cusic (Don.Cusic@belmont.edu) and James Akenson (jakenson@tntech.edu) know. Your input is valued.

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