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Paul F. Wells <email@example.com>
Middle Tennessee State University
American fiddling and fiddle tunes; early history of the music business in Tennessee; music printing and publishing; country music; traditional music of the Southern U.S.; Irish traditional music
|Address:||Center for Popular Music
Box 41 - MTSU
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Southern-Music
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Business History / Economic History / Studies
B.A. Music, Clark University, 1972
M.A. Folklore & Mythology, UCLA, 1974
(in press) “Fiddling as an Avenue of Black-White Musical Interchange.” Black Music Research Journal. Publication anticipated Fall of 2005.
“Blues, Jazz, and Ragtime in Tennessee.” Commissioned article for Creating Traditions, Expanding Horizons: 200 Years of Tennessee Arts, joint publication by Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Historical Society, 2004.
Billy Womack. Down at the Barber Shop. Compact disc recording. Springfed Records, SFR-102. Woodbury, Tennessee: The Arts Center of Cannon County, 2004. Tune annotation.
"The Music in The Poor Soldier.” In Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, edited by Kevin Donovan and Christopher Wheatley. 2 vols. Bristol: Thoemmes, 2003. 2:472-531.
“Music in the Life of Sarah Childress Polk.” Lead essay in program book for a pair of concerts commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the wife of President James K. Polk. Columbia and Murfresboro, Tennessee, September 4 and 14, 2003.
“Fiddle (US),” in Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. Volume 2: Performance and Production. Edited by John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing, Paul Oliver, and Peter Wicke, 422-426. London and New York: Continuum, 2003.
“Folkways Records,” in Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. Volume 1: Media, Industry and Society. Edited by John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing, Paul Oliver, and Peter Wicke, 721-722. London and New York: Continuum, 2003.
“A Brief Social History of Fiddling in New England,” in American Musical Traditions. Volume 3: British Isles Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 2002. Edited by Jeff Todd Titon and Bob Carlin, 22-38. Revised and updated version of the lead essay in the booklet accompanying the LP New England Traditional Fiddling.
RECENT PAPERS AND INVITED LECTURES
“American Popular Music, 1801-1861.” Cumberland River Valley Consortium, Summer Institute, “Teaching American History.” MTSU History Department, 2003.
“Before Music Row: The Early History of the Music Business in Tennessee.” Gallery talk, Special Collections, the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University. 2003.
Respondent for panel, “Country Music’s Boston Roots,” with musicians Everett Lilly, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, and the Charles River Valley Boys. Folk Alliance, Nashville, Tennessee, 2003.
RECENT PUBLIC PROGRAMS PRODUCED
“Perspectives on Popular Music.” Weekly colloquium, featuring presentations by MTSU faculty in the departments of Music, Recording Industry, English, Sociology & Anthropology, and Journalism. Spring semester 2005 and 2004.
“Music from True Vine: Traditional Music of the Rural South.” Concert by musician, collector, and folklorist Mike Seeger. Produced in collaboration with the McLean School of Music, MTSU. March, 2004.
“The High Lonesome Sound.” Film screening and lecture by photographer, filmmaker, and musician John Cohen. Produced in collaboration with the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, MTSU. February, 2004.
“Music in the Life of Sarah Childress Polk.” Pair of concerts commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the wife of President James K. Polk. Columbia and Murfresboro, Tennessee, September 4 and 14, 2003. Produced in collaboration with the Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU, and the Polk Ancestral Home, Columbia, Tennessee.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (SELECTED)
Society for American Music
Editorial advisory board, American Music, 2003-present
Nominating committee, 1997-1999 (chair); 2003-present
Honors committee, 1999-2001; 2003-present
American Folklore Society
Co-convener, Music and Song Section; editor of section newsletter, 1997-1999
Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Blue Ribbon Awards committee, 1999-2000
Tennessee Folklore Society
Southeast Music Library Association