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Dr. Gregory N. Reish Appointed
Third Director of the Center for Popular Music

Dr. Gregory N. Reish has accepted appointment as the third Director of the Center for Popular Music and Professor of Musicology at Middle Tennessee State University. "I am deeply honored and utterly thrilled to have been selected to lead the Center for Popular Music into the next, exciting phases of its development, and look forward eagerly to joining the remarkable team at MTSU," he reports.

Dr. Reish comes to MTSU from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he is currently Associate Professor of Music History. He is now in the final stages of preparation for a book on American vernacular guitar styles from the mid-19th century through bluegrass and country music of the 1940s. He has written and presented widely in the field of American guitar styles and on avant-garde music in 20th-century Italy.

Greg is also an accomplished string player, and performs widely on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, ukulele, and as a singer, in styles ranging from bluegrass to old-time to country. In addition he is widely sought for workshops.

Dr. Reish will be moving to Murfreesboro during the early summer of 2014 along with his wife Abby and daughter Isabella. He will assume the directorship in July 2014.

Each week The Center for Popular Music will present one MusicSprings video created in partnership with the Arts Center of Cannon County. The series can be accessed in its entirety by clicking HERE. In this next installment of our MusicSprings series, we are proud to present, "Happy Birthday"

The Center for Popular Music (CPM) is a research center devoted to the study and scholarship of popular music in America. The Center maintains an archive of research materials stretching from the early eighteenth century to the present and develops and sponsors programs in vernacular music. Anyone is welcome to use the CPM’s collections and services for research and scholarly pursuits.


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