The Secrets of the Songs: Jimmie Rodgers and His Legacy
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
5 p.m. Reception
5:45 p.m. Program and performance
Wilson Special Collections Library, 4th floor
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, email@example.com, (919) 962-4207
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At 5:45 p.m., Jocelyn R. Neal, associate professor in the Department of Music and adjunct associate professor of American Studies at UNC, will give a talk titled “The Secrets of the Songs: Jimmie Rodgers and His Legacy,” in which she will discuss her book The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music (Indiana University Press, 2009).
Following her talk, old-time country musician Matt Kinman will perform songs that Rodgers and his contemporaries wrote and popularized.
A reception and viewing of the exhibit Jimmie Rodgers: The Father of Country Music will begin at 5 p.m.
Rodgers (1897-1933) is widely considered to be a pioneer and one of the first stars of country music. He first gained recognition when he traveled to Asheville, N.C., in 1927 and performed on the city’s first radio station, WWNC. In subsequent years, he recorded for the Victor Company and performed in the South, New York, and Philadelphia, and was part of a Red Cross tour across the Midwest with humorist Will Rogers.
Neal’s book about Rodgers focuses on three of his most influential songs: “Muleskinner Blues,” “In the Jailhouse Now,” and “T for Texas.” She offers a new perspective on Rodgers’s role in the making of country music and the lasting influence of his songs in American culture.
- Southern Folklife Collection
- The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music (book Web site)
- Jocelyn Neal information on the Department of Music Web site
- Matt Kinman Web site