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Paul F. Wells

Paul F. Wells, Director of the Center and Associate Professor of Music, holds an M.A. in Folklore & Mythology from the University of California at Los Angeles (1974) and a B.A. in Music from Clark University (1972). He came to MTSU in November, 1985, as the first head of the Center. His previous professional experience included positions as Staff Research Associate for the John Edwards Memorial Foundation at UCLA, and head of production, promotion and operations for CMH Records in Los Angeles. As director, Wells has guided the development of all aspects of the Center's collections and programs. He has published in numerous academic and popular journals, and has produced and annotated more than twenty albums. His research interests include American, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian fiddle music; the rural musics of the Southeastern United States; historically informed performance of early American music; and the history of rock and country music.

Wells is a Past President of the Society for American Music. He is also a member of the American Folklore Society, the Tennessee Folklore Society, the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

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