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International Country Music Conference Seeking Bluegrass Entries

International Country Music JournalDon Cusic is accepting manuscripts for a Bluegrass themed Special Issue of the International Country Music Journal until Monday 1 August. International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is waiting for an August 1st official Belmont approval for use of the Frist Lecture Hall in the Gordon E. Inman Center for ICMC 2017. The conference hopes to be able to officially announce that Thursday 1 June through Saturday 3 June will be the dates for ICMC 2017. We thought it best to let you know of the likely ICMC 2017 dates. Of course, paraphrasing a New York Yankee catcher “It’s not official till it’s official.”

Michael Doubler on Uncle Dave Macon at ICMC 2016

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.”

Fred Bartenstein on Josh Graves at ICMC 2016

Josh GravesThe misty chilly Middle Tennessee weather scene today makes one think of accounts of the Scottish Moors. Despite not being able to offer each of you some Lagavulan, this update should warm your heart. Gradually more of the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) 2016 program is taking shape. ICMC has always been hospitable to Bluegrass and 2016 is no exception. Once again Fred Bartenstein of Yellow Springs, Ohio will be sharing his expertise with us. Bartenstein will be discussing “How Josh Graves Made Flatt and Scruggs Hip.”

ICMC Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel Announced

Charles K. WolfeThe Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel at the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) should be very intriguing as always. The Wolfe Panel for ICMC 2015 is titled “A Retrospective: The 45th Anniversary of Paul Hemphill’s “Nashville Sound, Bright Lights, and Country Music.” It will be masterfully chaired by Dr. Patrick Huber (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and include recording artist Bill Anderson, Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Don Cusic (Belmont University), Dr. Tim Dodge (Special Collections of the Hemphill papers at Auburn University), and Ms. Sharon Thomason of Dahlonega, Georgia. The Hemphill book is being reissued by the University of Georgia Press in recognition of its significance in the history of country music scholarship.

Jordan Laney on Carlton Haney at ICMC

Jordan LaneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes bluegrass music as part of their conference. Jordan Laney of Virginia Polytechnic State Institute and University (a.k.a. VaTech) will be discussing something near and dear to Bluegrass folks. Her presentation “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision” suggests that “Not only did Carlton Haney organize the first multi-day bluegrass event, manage country music stars from Conway Twitty to Bill Anderson, and support early efforts of internal archiving through Muleskinner News, Haney (along with Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe), co-produced “The Story of Bluegrass,” setting in motion the genres generational legacy and familiar connections.” ICMC always includes quality Bluegrass presentations and Laney’s presentation helps continue the tradition.

Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music -- Corrected

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.

Lee Bidgood of ETSU ‘Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?’ at ICMC

Lee BidgoodThe International Country Music Conference (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!

Dr. Harde on Appalachia Mining Songs at International Country Music Conference

Dr. Roxanne HardeThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that they can share yet another first rate presentation by a new BFF! Dr. Roxanne Harde of the University of Alberta, Canada will be dealing with “As Long As My Luck and Lungs Hold Out: The Processes of Power in Appalachian Mining Songs.” Harde indicates that since “the 1930s, Southern singer-songwriters have recorded songs about the tensions surrounding Appalachian coal mining, tensions produced by, to paraphrase Michel Foucault, miners and their families functioning as both elements and agents in the processes of power. These lyrics reinscribe power in social institutions, economic inequalities, language, human bodies, and the natural world. Collectively, these songs shift between critiques of the mining companies and the devastation they cause, and passive acceptance of the part played by Appalachian people. The relevant opposition in these lyrics is not between just and unjust uses of power, but between struggle and submission.” Harde develop her analysis by tracing “these oppositions in songs by Florence Reece, A.P. Carter, Jean Ritchie, John Prine, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch.” Harde’s presentation will fit well with Ron Cohen and Si Kahn’s keynote, Sue Maasek’s Friday evening presentation on Sarah Ogan Gunning, and other discussions on social justice topics.

Marian Levy on Rounder at International Country Music Conference

Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy at ICMC 2010The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that Marian Leighton-Levy of Rounder Records will once again be participating at ICMC. Previoulsy she supported Ken Irwin in the ICMC 2010 keynote dealing with the history of Rounder Records. Marian Levy’s presentation will have a tighter focus as she will be dealing with “Radcal Politics, The Counter Culture, And The Beginning Of Rounder Records.” Marian’s presentation will be particularly interesting in context of Ron Cohen’s and Si Kahn’s keynote presentation dealing the folk revivial, country music, and social justice. In addition, the Friday evening Studio B event will also fit nicely into such a context. Watch for an announcement of the Studio B event after the first of the year!

ICMC 2014 Experience to Feature WLS Barn Dance Rare Photos

The Prairie Ramblers and Patsy Montana Courtesy of Michael MontanaThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) has announced another ‘reveal’ that will add to your ICMC 2014 experience. It will be a fascinating session indeed when Erika Brady and Nolan Porterfield present a remarkable discovery of WLS National Barn Dance touring package show photographs from 1937-1940 that include Gene Autry and many other significant performers.

“The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson and Don CusicNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.

ICMC 2013 Presenting Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s & 1950s

ICMC 2013Time is flying and it is ever closer to ICMC 2013! The International Country Music Conference is pleased to announce that Dave Sichak of hillbilly-music.com fame will be presenting “The Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s and 1950s: Negatives That Positively Need To Tell A Story.” Sichak indicates that “a musician of the era with a photographic hobby wanted to document the entertainers of the era. He left behind a collection of negatives that positively need to have a story told.

ICMC To Discuss The Golden Age of Bluegrass

ICMC 2013Ron Roach, a colleague of long time International Country Music Conference (ICMC) friend Bill Brown at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia will be discussing a fascinating Bluegrass topic. Roach will discuss “The Golden Age of Bluegrass on the West Coast: Early History of the Golden State Boys.” Roach asserts that the “1960s were a Golden Age for bluegrass music on the West Coast. Flatt and Scruggs became a national sensation on The Beverly Hillbillies and the Dillards were regulars on The Andy Griffith Show.

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Lance Kinney on What is Bluegrass Anyway (WIBA) at ICMC 2013

Lance KinneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass Music oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. The ICMC is pleased that long time ICMC friend Lance Kinney of Nick Saban University (NSU), formerly known as the University of Alabama -- will be presenting and dealing with the thorny WIBA issue--What Is Bluegrass Anyway?! If you have read or heard debates on BGRASS-L, or elsewhere, WIBA is not for the feint of heart!

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