American music’s tremendous impact on culture and entertainment worldwide owes much to music of the south. Here, in unique ways, European, African, and native American cultures and sounds collided, coexisted, and merged over generations. The southern Appalachian region contributes tremendously to this remarkable ferment.
Paul Brown will guide us along some of the major southern musical paths with a fascinating combination of live singing, banjo picking, fiddle and guitar playing; visual images; and field recordings. He’ll also draw upon his long career in journalism to help us understand the nature of the southern musical story, and the parallels he found in his career between world news journalism and the documentation of traditional music and culture.