Monday, March 30, 2009

Origins of Piedmont Country Music

OK, you don't have a lot of time to get to the talk, but if you're near the University of North Carolina you might be interested.

Origins of Piedmont Country Music with Patrick Huber

Monday, March 30, 2009
Reception at 5 p.m.; Reading at 5:45 p.m.
Location: Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public
Information: (919) 962-4207 or
Part of the Southern Historical Collection Book Series

Patrick Huber's book, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South (UNC Press, 2008), focuses on overlooked roots of American country music—factories in the pre-World War II Piedmont South. Through colorful portraits of mill-hand fiddlers, guitarists, and banjo pickers, Huber illustrates a distinct music melding the rural countryside and urban-industrial life. book cover

Huber, focusing on country music recorded between 1922 and 1942, draws from sources including rare 78-rpm recordings and unpublished interviews. The author did much of his research in the Southern Folklife Collection, affiliated with the Southern Historical Collection at UNC's Wilson Special Collections Library.

Huber is a history associate professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and co-author of The 1920s: American Popular Culture through History.

More at the link.
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