Center faculty and students have interests in a range of musical genres and pursue the topic through scholarship, documentary work, performance, and broadcast.  As the home of Living Blues magazine, there is a special emphasis on the study of blues music.

2016 Music of the South Symposium – April 6

The 2016 Music of the South Symposium will take place April 6.

This spring’s Music of the South Symposium will investigate the creation and performance of the South’s various traditional music forms. The one-day symposium, “Defining and Presenting Traditional Music,” sponsored by the Center, Living Blues magazine, and the Blues Archive, takes place on Wednesday, April 6, and features lectures, discussions, films, and musical performance.

The Music of the South Symposium alternates yearly with the Blues Today Symposium, also sponsored by Living Blues and the Center.

The band Jericho Road Show will give a performance, and they will also participate on a panel at the conference. Jericho Road Show is self-described as “an all-acoustic international super-group of seasoned musicians” that plays American roots and blues music “on tubas, washboards, upright bass, harps, National guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, trombones, and yes, even the saw.”

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Music of the South Symposium:Defining and Presenting Tradition in Southern Music – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

9:30 am       Greg Johnson introduces research resources in the Blues Archive
Faulkner Room, UM Archives and Special Collections

10:00 am     Panel Discussion on defining, presenting, and performing traditional music
Jamey Hatley, Music Editor of Mississippi Folklife
Jennifer Jameson, Folk and Traditional Arts Director at the Mississippi Arts Commission
Drew Young, Music Programs Manager at Visit Mississippi
Ian Hominick, Associate Professor of Music and Pianist at the University of Mississippi
Faulkner Room, UM Archives and Special Collections

Noon          Brown Bag Lecture on Izzy Young by Scott Barretta
Barnard Observatory

2:00 pm    Lecture by Karl Hagstrom Miller, author of Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow
Faulkner Room, UM Archives and Special Collections

3:30 pm     Discussion with the musicians of Jericho Road Show
Faulkner Room, UM Archives and Special Collections

6:30 pm      Music of the South Concert by Jericho Road Show
Shelter on Van Buren, 1221 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford Square

Jericho Road Show is self-described as “an all-acoustic international super-group of seasoned musicians” that plays American roots and blues music “on tubas, washboards, upright bass, harps, National guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, trombones, and yes, even the saw.”

8:00 pm     Screening of Shake ‘Em on Down, a Southern Documentary Project film by Joe York and Scott Barretta
Shelter on Van Buren, 1221 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford Square

Held every few years, the Music of the South Symposium, begun in 2012, typically occurs in the spring. Symposia have explored such topics as innovation in southern music and songwriting.  In 2012, a symposium celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Southern Studies MA program with a conference and concert, all staffed by student and faculty alumni of the program.