Preliminary Program

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All conference activities will be held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in the Tom H. Jackson Building.

Friday, April 4, 2008
1:30-2:00 Opening
Conference Welcome
Paul F. Wells, Director, Center for Popular Music, MTSU
Kaylene A. Gebert, Executive Vice President & Provost, MTSU
  Conference Overview: Why We Are Here
Stephen Shearon, School of Music, MTSU
2:00-3:45 Session 1       Publishing
  The R.E. Winsett Music Company: A Case Study in Ma and Pa Publishing
Mel R. Wilhoit, Bryan College
  The Church Hymnal: A Legacy of the Convention Song
Donald LeRoy, Lee University
Special Guest Respondent: Charles Towler, Gospel Heritage Music
  Roundtable 1: Conversations with Publishers
Moderator: Stephen Shearon, MTSU
Panelists: Eugene McCammon, Cumberland Valley Music Company; Byron Reid, Leoma Music Company; Charles Towler, Gospel Heritage Music
3:45-4:00 BREAK
4:00-5:30 Session 2       Tradition and Change
  Varying Degrees of Similitude: Stylistic Homogeneity and Change in the Stamps-Baxter Songs of Luther Presley
Gregory Straughn, Abilene Christian University
  Skylite Recording Company: The Legacy of Stamps
Theodore E. Fuller, Collierville, Tennessee
  The Gaitherization of Convention Singing
Douglas Harrison, Florida Gulf Coast University
6:00-7:00 DINNER
7:00-8:30 SINGING
  Free and Open to the Public


Saturday, April 5, 2008
9:00-10:00 Session 3       Higher Ground: Singing on the Cumberland Plateau
"Music is a Science": The Career and Legacy of Shaped-Note Music Teacher W. E. Ledbetter, Overton County, Tennessee
Steve Hoskins, Trevecca Nazarene University / MTSU
  "Who Will Sing One Song for Me": Tracing Shape-Note Singing Traditions in Rural Tennessee
Holly Garrett Anthony, Tennessee Technological University
10:00-11:00 Session 4       It All Begins with a Song: Studies of Gospel Classics
Aldine Kieffer, Southern Gospel, and Hillbilly Music: The Case of "The Grave on The Green Hillside"
Stephen Shearon, MTSU
From Hartford to Honky-Tonks to the 'Hood: The Continuing Cultural Journey of Albert E. Brumley's "I'll Fly Away"
Kevin Kehrberg, University of Kentucky
11:00-11:15 BREAK
11:15-12:15 Session 5       Why We Sing: Benefits and Values of Convention Singing
The Reasons We Sing: The Reported Health Benefits of Regular and Active Participation in Southern Gospel Convention Singing
Susan E. Abbott, Stephen F. Austin State University
The Family of God: The Transmission of "Family Values" through the Gendered Conventions of Southern Gospel Singing Conventions
Suzanne R. Lee, Saint Louis University
12:15-1:15 LUNCH
1:15-2:30 Session 6       Gospel Piano: Supporting the Singing
The Art of Convention-Style Piano Accompaniment
Tracey Phillips, MTSU
  Roundtable 2: Conversations with Gospel Pianists
Moderator: Eugene McCammon, Cumberland Valley Music Company
Panelists: Sue Gray, Rising Fawn, Georgia; Tracey Phillips, MTSU; Sidney Hicks, Jasper, Alabama
2:30-2:45 BREAK
2:45-3:45 Session 7       Research Resources for the Study of Gospel Music
Digitizing on a Shoestring: The Max Morris Southern Gospel Music Collection
Jacquelyn A. Royal, Lee University
  Southern Gospel Holdings at the Center for Popular Music
Paul F. Wells and Grover Baker, MTSU
3:45-4:00 BREAK
4:00-5:00 Session 8       Community and Family Traditions
Variations in Style and Repertory of Seven-Shape Conventions in Alabama
Steve Grauberger, Alabama State Council on the Arts
  The Speer Family: The "First Family" of Gospel Music
Shawn Degenhart, Peoria, Illinois
5:00-5:30 Session 9      
Roundtable 3: Conversations on the Future of Convention Singing
Moderator: Robert Bradley, Greeneville, Tennessee
Panelists: Dennis Beavers, Blountsville, Alabama; Tom Powell, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Stephen Shearon, MTSU