Board Of Advisors
Barry Jean Ancelet, Professor of French at the University of Southwest Louisiana. He has written many books, including Cajun Country, Cajun and Creole Folktales and Cajun and Creole Music Makers.
Robert Cantwell, Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of two groundbreaking books on musical culture and history, Bluegrass Breakdown and When We Were Good: The Folk Revival.
John Cohen, founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, has published widely on American folk music, and is an accomplished filmmaker and photographer who has chronicled folk music since the 1950s.
Pete Daniel, Curator of American History at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. He recently was curator of the Smithsonian Rock n' Soul Museum which opened in Memphis.
David Evans, Professor of Music at the University of Memphis. He is the author of a biography of folk-Blues singer Tommy Johnson, and Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues, as well as contributing articles and entries to many journals and encyclopedias. He has produced and written liner notes for numerous folk and Blues recordings.
Benjamin Filene, Exhibits Curator, Minnesota Historical Society, author of Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Vernacular Music in the Twentieth Century.
Ray Funk, District Court Judge, Fairbanks, Alaska, owns extensive archive of footage on all types of American roots music, particularly Gospel. He is coordinating the construction of the American Roots Music database.
Peter Guralnick, author of many definitive books on American music, including Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians and Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.
Bess Lomax Hawes, former Director of the Folk Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and a founding member of the Almanac Singers.
Charlotte Heth, former Assistant Director for Public Programs of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). After holding many positions related to ethnomusicology and American Indian studies at UCLA and Cornell, she is currently general editor of Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions published by the NMAI, Smithsonian Institution and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Alan Jabbour, former Director of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
Paul Kingsbury is Senior Director for Museum Services and Special Projects at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The former editor of The Journal of Country Music, he is also author of a history of the Grand Ole Opry and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Country Music.
Leon Litwack, Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Litwack is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery, and Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow.
Bill Malone's seminal book, Country Music, USA, first published in 1968, was the first comprehensive historical study of Country music as a cultural form. His subsequent writings on the genre have provided rigorous insight into Country music.
Manuel Pena, Professor of Music at California State University at Fresno. He is the author of two recent books on tejano music, Musica Tejana and The Texas-Mexican Conjunto.
Bernice Johnson Reagon, Distinguished Professor of History, American University; Curator Emerita, Smithsonian Institution; authority on African American music culture; founder of and singer with Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Robert Santelli, former Vice President of Education and Programming, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Deputy Director, Experience Music Project, author of numerous books on American popular music and editor of the American Roots Music coffee table book.
Ann Allen Savoy, author of Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People Volume I. She is currently working on Volume II and also performs Cajun music as part of the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band and the Magnolia Sisters.
Anthony Seeger, Curator Emeritus, The Folkways Collection, and Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Smithsonian Institution. Currently, Seeger is a Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA.
Charles Wolfe, Professor of English, Middle Tennessee State University, author of numerous books on American musical culture, including A Good Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry.
Kyle Young, Director, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.