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Hundreds of American music manuscripts–handwritten musical documents dating as a far back as the Colonial era–have been put up online for the first time, thanks to a three-year joint effort between MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts. The American Vernacular Music Manuscripts website made American music manuscripts from the …

Gregory Reish,  who became director of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music last year, will perform songs from a repertory of “old-time” music he has built through years as both a performer and a scholar of music at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall. Reish, 49, says he will be playing …

By Caroline Morris // Contributing Writer Tracy E. Laird, author of the book Austin City Limits: A History, spoke Wednesday evening at MTSU’s Center for Popular Music. Austin City Limits is a televised concert series that has aired on PBS stations around the country for the past 40 years. Laird wrote the book to convey the purpose and …

Author Tracey Laird is set to speak on her recently published book Austin City Limits: A History in the Center for Popular Music on Wednesday. The lecture is expected to discuss the history of the longest running music show on TV, it’s impact on popular culture over the last 40 years, including the annual Austin City …

Music journalist Billy Mazor, left, discusses the impact of music publisher Ralph Peer with Director of the Center for Popular Music Gregory Reish,right, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2014 in the College of Education. Mazor is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music." (John Connor Coulston / MTSU Sidelines)

By Ethan Clark, Contributing Writer  Music writer and historian Barry Mazor gave a lecture Monday evening  on music publisher Ralph Peer, a man who is credited for creating the modern music industry. Promoting his new book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Mazor spoke to students and faculty in the College of …

Music journalist Barry Mazor will speak on his book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music on Monday. Mazor, who’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Nashville Scene, will discuss the impact of Victor Records A&R agent and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Ralph Peer. Peer brought genres …