The 26th annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning at Noon Thursday 21 May through Saturday 23 May 2009 in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row.


Bill Brown, Ed. D                                  Mike Fleming


North Georgia Bluegrass Pioneers

Curtis Blackwell

Abstract: The North Georgia area has a rich history of traditional and bluegrass music. Closely related to the country music of early twentieth century Atlanta, it might be argued that the early country heritage simply moved to the rural areas as Nashville became the center for Country music. It seems only natural that these rural communities embraced bluegrass music in the 1950s and 1960s because of the close relationship of that music to an earlier heritage and history. Curtis Blackwell and Tut Taylor have agreed to share experiences about this bluegrass movement of the second half of the twentieth century and its relation to the rich cultural history of the previous fifty years. These perspectives will be made more vivid through a multi-media presentation.

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