Country and Bluegrass
Introductory Essay (PDF)
Weekly Handout (PDF)

April 11
Film: Linebaugh Public Library, 4-6 p.m.

High LonesomeHigh Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

This 1991 doc frames its historical survey around Bill Monroe, the father of Kentucky bluegrass. As Monroe visits his old Kentucky home, now dilapidated and full of memories, the film traces the emergence of bluegrass from Appalachian descendants of Scotch-Irish settlers, and a variety of bluegrass greats (including narrator Mac Wiseman) offer informative anecdotes, accompanied by evocative archival footage and concert performances from the bluegrass festival circuit.

Discussion led by Dr. Felicia Miyakawa of MTSU's School of Music.


April 12
Concert: Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, 5-6 p.m.

Sweet Fancy Moses
Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys


Both events are free and open to the public.

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Center for Popular Music Linebaugh Public Library City of Murfreesboro Middle Tennessee State University Tribeca Film Institute National Endowment for the Humanities American Library Association Tribeca Flashpoint Society for American Music