Music and Community in Rural Southern Indiana: Fieldwork During a Pandemic


Jennie Williams (Indiana University)

Local music jams have fostered meaningful social and cultural bonds in the rural region of Southern Indiana. While most of the participants in this community are retired, a few younger players join in to learn the traditional folk and country repertoire, stories, and technical skills from the older generation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have since grappled with difficult questions about what will become of their group and music traditions if they cannot safely gather together to play. This compilation of socially distanced ethnographic fieldwork presents the songs and reflections of these musicians at home, on their own front porches.

Part of 24-08 Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm