- Information about Contributors
Erika Brady is a folklorist recognized for her scholarship on American vernacular music. She received her academic training at Harvard, UCLA, and Indiana University, and worked for many years for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress before accepting a faculty appointment with the folklore program at Western Kentucky University in 1989. In 2005 she organized the first academic conference devoted to bluegrass music. She is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society.
Norm Cohenis the author of several books including All This for a Song (2009) and Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong (2nd edition, 2001), and is editor of American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia (2008). He has edited and/or annotated more than three dozen albums of folk and country music, and has written numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews on various aspects of folk, country, and popular music. In 1996 he received the Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music. He divides his time between Portland, Oregon, and Green Valley, Arizona, with his wife and son.
Ronald D. Cohen retired from Indiana University Northeast as Professor of History and is the author and editor of numerous books dealing with the history of folk music, including Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940–1970 (2002), Alan Lomax, Selected Writings, 1935–1997 (2003), Folk Music: The Basics (2006), Work and Sing (2010), Alan Lomax, Assistant in Charge: The Library of Congress Letters, 1935–1945 (2011), and The Pete Seeger Reader (2013).
Patrick Huber is Professor of History at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. He is the author or editor of five books, including Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South (2008), which, among other prizes, won the American Folklore Society’s 2010 Wayland D. Hand Prize. His most recent book, The Hank Williams Reader, which he co-edited with two colleagues, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2014.
Clifford R. Murphy is a folklorist and ethnomusicologist and is Director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. He is the author of Yankee Twang: Country and Western Music in New England, forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Cliff grew up in New Hampshire, where he was a member of the alternative country group Say ZuZu and the honky-tonk group Hog Mawl. He received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Brown University and has been with Maryland Traditions since 2008. [End Page 243]
Paul L. Tyler received a PhD in Folklore and American studies from Indiana University, followed by a long career as a contract folklorist and adjunct professor of anthropology—currently at Chicago City Colleges. He has a longer career as a working musician, and for 25 years has taught fiddle and early country music at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. [End Page 244]