Thursday, January 29th, 2015 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Join us at the Earl Scruggs Center for a great presentation by Willie Nelms as he looks at the past, present and future of what has become known as Roots music in the United States. The historical origins of various types of music including Blues, Folk, Country and Bluegrass, are examined, along with key figures in the development of these genres. The lecture raises questions about the meaning of “Roots” music and the search for “authenticity” in discussing such music.
Willie Nelms is the Director Emeritus of Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville, N.C. His degrees include masters degrees in history and library science from the University of Kentucky. He has been a professional librarian since 1974. He is also an avid musician, and plays upright bass with several bands. He has been a musician for over forty years.
This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.