America’s Music Down to Its Roots

America’s Music Down to Its Roots

This presentation 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. The current state of Roots music, the impact of the internet, MySpace, YouTube and other online means of sharing music are examined. Nelms offers a practical view of how online transmission of Roots Music performances will impact this musical form in the future. Drawing on his 40+ years as a musician, Nelms offers an entertaining, first-hand account of the past, present, and future of Roots music.

Requirements: 
LCD projection system, screen