- About the Contributors
William R. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has made numerous documentary films and has authored over 100 publications in the fields of folklore, history, literature, and photography. His book of interviews of Delta blues greats, Give My Poor Heart Ease, is now available from UNC Press.
Joshua Guthman is the music editor of Southern Cultures and an assistant professor of history at Berea College, where he teaches American cultural and religious history. He is writing a book about Primitive Baptists and the evangelical self in antebellum America.
Patrick Huber is Associate Professor of History at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the author of Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South, which won the 2009 Belmont Book Award for the best book on country music from the annual International Country Music Conference.
Charles Joyner is a past president of the Southern Historical Association and is currently writing a book titled A Region in Harmony: Southern Music and the Sound Track of Freedom.
Philip C. Kolin, Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, has written or edited forty books, including several on Tennessee Williams and contemporary African American women playwrights. He served as the guest editor for the Summer 2008 issue of The Southern Quarterly devoted to the legacy of Emmett Till. Kolin is also the General Editor for the Routledge Shakespeare Criticism Series. His Deep Wonder: Poems won an award from the Catholic Press Association.
Al Maginnes is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Ghost Alphabet, which won the 2007 White Pine Poetry Prize. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and teaches at Wake Technical Community College.
Burgin Mathews teaches high school English outside of Birmingham, Alabama. His essay, “Looking for Railroad Bill,” appeared in the Fall 2003 issue of Southern Cultures. More of his writing can be found at www.ladymuleskinnerpress.com .
Jocelyn R. Neal is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in popular music and analysis. She is the author of The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music, now available from Indiana University Press.
John W. Troutman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His first book, Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934, was published this year by the University of Oklahoma Press. He is currently writing a cultural history of the Hawaiian steel guitar.
Joanna Welborn is a documentary and fine art photographer living in Durham, North Carolina. She first met Captain Luke, Macavine, and Whistlin’ Britches through her work for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in 2005. She is currently documenting the landscapes and transient residents of RV campgrounds around North Carolina. You can view her photographs at www.joannawelborn.com . [End Page 144]