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 Who International Country Music Conference (ICMC)
 What International Country Music Conference 25th Annual Gathering in Nashville May 22 - 24
 When May 16, 2008
 Where Nashville, TN
 Source International Country Music Conference (ICMC)

Note: The following is a compilation of various announcements sent over the past couple of months for the 25th anniversary ICMC in Nashville, Tennessee. We've had the pleasure of attending a couple of these events and will tell you - it is worth the effort and time, getting to meet many of the authors and journalists, visits by the various guests that show up and just being in Nashville as well during the weekend.

On Friday, 23 May 2008 the 25th ICMC will feature a special evening session in the historic Quonset Hut recording studio (http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/05/03/68219780.shtml?Element_ID=68). The session recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Louisiana Hayride. Dr. Erika Brady of Western Kentucky University will provide an overview and introduction to the presentation by Margaret "Maggie" and Alton Warwick of the Louisiana Hayride Companies followed by an opportunity for audience interaction moderated by Dr. Brady. The session will be preceded by a social hour and tour of the renovated Quonset Hut lead by Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University.

You will find two special components at ICMC 2008 this year. Throughout ICMC 2008, Raeanne Rubenstein (http://www.fabshots.com) will be displaying selected country music photographs from her extensive career. In addition, on Saturday, 24 May 2008 Raeanne Rubenstein will be presenting a special luncheon talk about her country music photography career. You'll be captivated by events such as her encounter with Johnny Cash when she first arrived in Nashville as well as her insights into photography and country music. Combined with the many fine presentations and panel discussions, ICMC promises to be stimulating while maintaining its cordial atmosphere.

The item below about Davis Raines' new CD "Going To Montgomery" will further your interest in ICMC 2008 to be held Thursday noon 22 May through Saturday afternoon 24 May in The Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville. One set of sessions will have a strong song writing focus and include Tricia Walker of Delta State University and Davis Raines dealing with “Poetry fo the People: Country Music and American Social Change.”

The first two presentations of ICMC 2008 on Thursday afternoon 22 May in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville will be of particular significance to persons with an interest in fiddle tunes. Mr. Paul Wells, Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University will present on “The Recordings of Tommy Jackson and the Formation of a Canon of Southern Fiddle Tunes” and Dr. Gregory Hansen on Arkansas State University will deal with “The Presence of Richard Seaman’s Fiddle Tunes and Stories Within Florida’s Soundscape.” All Thursday afternoon sessions will be presided over by Dr. Linda Daniel of Missisauga, Ontario, Canada.

Hank Williams will be the focus for the first two presentations at the Saturday 24 May session of the International Country Music Conference in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville. Mr. Jim Murphy of Brick, New Jersey will discuss "Hank Williams and the 'Lovesick Blues: A 60th Anniversary Analysis." Dr. Patrick Huber (University of Missouri, Rolla), Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech University), and Dr. Steve Goodson (University of West Georgia) will deal with "My Treasured Life With a Beloved Brother: Irene Williams Smith and the Construction of Hank Williams' Public Memory." Dr. Erika Brady of Western Kentucky University will preside over the Saturday morning sessions.

Below is information about the Friday 4 April 2008 Patsy Cline symposium presented by the Virginia Historical Society and Shenandoah University. The program is excellent and includes ICMC stalwarts Jocelyn Neal and Kris McCusker. Bill Malone (whose Country Music U.S.A. will be a the focus of the Friday, 23 May ICMC panel) will be discussing "Patsy Cline and a Changing South: From Depression to Postwar Affluence." Joli Jensen, another friend of ICMC, will also be a presenter at the Patsy Cline symposium. Links are provided at the end of the announcement to view the program and register.

To remind you again of ICMC, two presentations at the Saturday morning 24 May session of the International Country Music Conference will focus on Willie Nelson and on the business of country music. Dr. Travis Stimeling of Milikin University will discuss “Phases and Stages, Circles and Cycles”: Willie Nelson's Compositional Approaches to the Concept Album.” Dr. Con Cusic of Belmont University will discuss "The Business of Country Music. Dr. Erika Brady of Western Kentucky University will preside over the Saturday morning sessions. Sessions will be held in The Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville.

Two original presenters at the 1984 inaugural ICMC will be making presentations at the 25th Anniversary ICMC come 22-24 May in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville. Dr. Ivan Tribe will be presenting on "Topical Ballads of the Carter Family." Dr. Stephen Tucker will be discussing "Kinky Friedman: The Satirist as Romantic Idealist.”

Two sessions Friday morning, 23 May will be part of an intriguing ICMC experience . Ronnie Pugh of the Nashville Public Library (and biographer of Ernest Tubb) will discuss "The Music Looks at Music City: Nashville in Country Songs." Christopher Scott, PhD candidate at the University of South Carolina, will deal with "Corn Licker Stills, Fiddlin' Conventions, Candy Pullings, and Country Fairs: 'Rural Drama' Records." Combined with the two other previously announced sessions, and masterfully presided over by Dr. Jocelyn Neal, ICMC attendees will be primed to enjoy the the Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel dealing with Bill Malone's "Country Music, U.S.A." from 11:00am to Noon. These great events will be the 'stuff' of luncheon conversation at which attendees will also enjoy the presentation of the Belmont Awards and the Charlie Lamb Excellence in Country Music Journalism Awards.

The Charlie Lamb Awards for Excellence in Country Music Journalism will be a feature of the upcoming 22-24 May International Country Music Conference held in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville. Beverly Keel will receive the Charlie Lamb award in the contemporary category. Beverly Keel has written for a variety of publications and is particularly visible for her daily column in The Tennessean. Barry McCloud will be the Charlie Lamb honoree in the career category. Barry, a native of the UK, has a wide variety writing credits in the form of books, websites, television scripts, radio scripts and magazines. Funded by Peggy and Gary Walker of The Great Escape in Nashville, each honoree receives $500 as well as formal recognition at the Friday 23 May luncheon. Charlie Lamb is recognized as a pioneer in Nashville for his Music Reporter magazine and innovation of a "bullet" to indicate major movers on the chart.

ICMC will be held 22-24 May 2008 with all other sessions held the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional ICMC 2008 features will be sent to you in the coming weeks. A complete program will be posted in the near future at www.internationalcountrymusic.org.

Registration for ICMC is $100 and includes substantial food at luncheons, breakfasts, and evening functions. A check made payable to ICMC should be sent by Friday, 16 May 2008 to James E. Akenson. Box 5042. Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville, TN 38505

You may find a campus map for Belmont at http://www.belmont.edu/campusmap/pdf/campusmap.pdf. Building 9 is the Gordon E. Inman Center and Parking Garage. It is next door to the Massey Business Center where you may have previously attended ICMC. The parking garage may be used by turning off Wedgwood onto Belmont Circle and entering the garage at the back of the Inman Center. The Frist Lecture Hall is on fourth floor. Directions to Belmont may be found at http://www.belmont.edu/prospectivestudents/visiting/directions.html.

 Contact James Akenson, co-chair
International Country Music Conference (ICMC)


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