The Knoxville Stomp Speaker Series
An Evening with Joe Bussard
Enjoy a screening of the documentary Desperate Man Blues followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s subject, legendary 78rpm record collector Joe Bussard.
Saturday, May 7 | 5pm | Scruffy City Hall
Tennessee Trilogy: The Tennessee Recording Sessions 1927-1930
A discussion of the Bristol, Johnson City and Knoxville recording sessions and the Bear Family’s Tennessee Sessions CD boxed set trilogy. Featuring Ted Olson, Tony Russell and Richard Weize, moderated by WDVX’s Charlie Lutz.
Friday, May 6 | 12pm | East Tennessee History Center
Knoxville Folk on the Knoxville Sessions
Historian Jack Neely, archivists Bradley Reeves and Eric Dawson, and musician Nancy Brennan Strange discuss the history of the Knoxville Sessions and the journey that led to their recovery eight decades later. Moderated by Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Friday, May 6 | 3:30pm | East Tennessee History Center
Documentary Field Recording in the Great Smoky Mountains Before and After the National Park
Dr. Ted Olson of East Tennessee State University will relate lessons learned while preparing and promoting two albums featuring historical musical performances from the Joseph Hall collection of documentary field recordings from the Great Smoky Mountains. He’ll also discuss two 2016 albums featuring new performances of Smokies repertoire by leading contemporary roots musicians inspired by the recordings from the Hall collection.
Saturday, May 7 | 11am | East Tennessee History Center
The Knoxville Sessions and Location Recordings in the 1920s
Author Elijah Wald discusses the proliferation of on-site recordings in the 1920s and the Knoxville Sessions’ place within the trend. These pivotal recording journeys of the early twentieth century captured the breadth of American music for the first time and made it available to the world.
Saturday, May 7 | 12pm | East Tennessee History Center
Voices from the 78rpm Groove: Tracking Down the Artists Who Made the Records
Author and musician Jerry Zolten discusses the artists he uncovered while doing research for Third Man Records’ Grammy-winning Rise and Fall of Paramount Records and other projects.
Saturday, May 7 | 12:30pm | East Tennessee History Center
Readings: The World of Collecting 78rpm Records
Author Amanda Petrusich reads from her book Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records. Q&A session to follow.
Saturday, May 7 | 1pm | East Tennessee History Center
Preserving Regional Music Culture
Reissue record labels have rediscovered, preserved and disseminated countless recordings that would otherwise be lost. Join label heads John Fabke, Lance Ledbetter, Richard Weize and Marshall Wyatt as they discuss their work to preserve American musical treasures. Moderated by Tony Russell.
Saturday, May 7 | 2pm | East Tennessee History Center
The Roots of the Roots
What came before the great sounds of the 1920s and ’30s? Musician Dom Flemons and Archeophone Records producers Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey take a look at the technology and repertoire that came before Knoxville–the roots of the roots.
Saturday, May 7 | 3:30pm | East Tennessee History Center