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Spring Fed Records releases rare tunes on new CD

The newest release from Spring Fed Records is a set of home recordings made by music icon banjoist John Hartford and fiddling legend Howdy Forrester.

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Songwriting genius Dozier entertains MTSU audience

Legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier took an audience of all ages on a trip down Motown memory lane on Oct. 21 on a small stage in the James Union Building. As part of the iconic trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, Dozier co-wrote dozens of No. 1 hits that defined an era, including “Nowhere to Run” by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, “Stop […]

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Fiddler Matt Brown to entertain twice on April 9

Matt Brown will perform American roots music on Thursday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Walker Library Atrium, where he’ll feature a vast stockpile of toe-tapping square dance tunes, nostalgic solo pieces and a variety of songs from classical to country.

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Irving Lowens (1916-1983) was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia University in 1939. For 15 years, he was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Lowens had a lifelong interest in American musicology, and in 1960, he began work in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. He was chief music critic for the Washington Evening Star from 1961 to 1978, and was a founding member of the Sonneck Society and the Music Critics Association. His publications include Music and Musicians in Early America (1964), Songsters Printed in America before 1821 (1976), and (with Allen P. Britton and Richard Crawford) American Sacred Music Imprints, 1698-1810 (1990). Lowens and his wife Margery Morgan Lowens shared an interest in the history of American music, and it was this interest that led Lowens to assemble an important collection of early American printed and manuscript music books. The Irving Lowens Collection was given to the American Antiquarian Society by Mrs. Lowens at her husband's death. It includes 53 volumes containing manuscript music. Both sacred and secular music are well represented in this collection, which contains vocal as well as instrumental settings.

CPM completes massive vernacular music website

The Center for Popular Music announced on March 18 the launch of its American Vernacular Music Manuscripts (AVMM) website.

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Tracey Laird and Austin City Limits: A History on Feb. 11

Author Tracey Laird will bring the famous Austin City Limits television show to life in a lecture held in the Center for Popular Music’s Reading Room on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

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New student-designed app available for download

Six diverse students in the School of Journalism’s 4800 News App Design & Content class recently completed a unique app for the iPad.

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Barry Mazor lecture examined Ralph Peer music influence

Longtime music business journalist and author Barry Mazor was on campus Jan. 26 to present his new book, “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music.”

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Fischer and Fisher talk vinyl revival in MTSU Magazine

Recording Industry Professor Paul Fischer and Center for Popular Music’s Martin Fisher are featured in an article “Back in the Groove” in the most recent MTSU Magazine.

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Stephen Wade and his “Beautiful Music” on campus

Renowned folk scholar and GRAMMY nominee Stephen Wade is bringing the music, stories and photos of the American South to MTSU on Sept. 24 and 25.

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Greg Reish takes helm of Center for Popular Music

Following a nationwide search, Dr. Greg Reish is the new director of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music. He assumed the role on July 1.

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Gruhn kicks off CPM’s “The American Guitar” series

Few things say American popular music more than the guitar. That’s why the Center for Popular Music has a launched a multiyear series of programs on the venerable instrument.

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