Bluegrass in One Ear and Rock n’ Roll in the Other: Field Report from a Music Community Documentation Project


Joel Reid  Chapman (Western Kentucky University)

Kentucky Folklife Program has been working over the past four years on a project dubbed "The Musical Legacy of Southcentral Kentucky." Over 30 interviews have been conducted, dozens of recordings collected, countless photos and documents scanned. Rather than focus the project among the musicians that have acquired national fame and recognition, we have focused on documenting the longstanding community that has been producing musicians of shocking talent for well over 100 years. This presentation offers a field report on the triumphs and shortcomings KFP has encountered in documenting this community and creating public programming from it.

Part of 51-03 Documentation and Presentation of Folk Arts, Friday, October 22, 8:30 am–10:00 am