Sunday, May 25, 2008

Nashville Skyline

Me and it, after the International Country Music Conference...

I'm looking exhausted after the conference, which was rich and extremely stimulating but kept us going from 8:30 a.m. through the day. The presentations covered a vast range of topics relating to country music and threads radiating from and around it. Check the conference web site for the full list of papers and presenters.

At night, I supplemented the intellectual intake by catching music -- a concert by Johnny Western and Rex Allen, Jr one night then, the next, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, followed by sort of honky tonking at a club called the Basement. (I marvel how a place like this is smoke-free.) Thanks to Holly George-Warren, for getting us in to these places and taking me along! Holly's biography of Gene Autry was awarded ICMC's book of the year prize.

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