American Roots Music

Angus Kress Gillespie (American Studies)

American roots music encompasses blues, country and western, gospel, Cajun, and Tejano genres. This kind of music was nurtured and originated in small communities and spread across the nation. Eventually, in a new era of radio and recordings, these home-grown music traditions contributed to an explosion of American popular music. In this seminar, student participants will follow the remarkable story of this creative outpouring. Readings and discussions will focus on the pioneering geniuses who wrote the music and sang the songs.