Final Little Lecture to feature musicologist, author Travis Stimeling

The West Virginia Humanities Council will present “West Virginia Musicians and the Nashville Sound” by West Virginia University professor Travis D. Stimeling, to wrap its 2017 Little Lectures Series.

Stimeling has documented recording and production practices from country music’s Nashville Sound era, prevalent from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s.

In his program, he will address the role of Nashville session musicians in shaping the popular music landscape of the past half-century. While the city is best known as a country music mecca, its musicians have also made contributions to rock, pop, gospel and jazz.

Stimeling will also discuss the influence of West Virginians, including Charlie McCoy, Roger Bryant, Russ Hicks and Wayne Moss, in the city’s recording industry.

He is an assistant professor of musicology at West Virginia University and the founding director of the WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time bands. He has authored and edited four books on country music including “Fifty Cents and a Box Top: The Creative Life of Nashville Session Musician Charlie McCoy” and the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook of Country Music.”

He credits a 2014 Humanities Council fellowship for getting him started on the project and recently received a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue the study.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. June 25 at the MacFarland-Hubbard House headquarters in Charleston.

Admission is $10 and includes refreshments after the program. Those interested in attending may call 304-346-8500 by Thursday to confirm that seats are available.

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