The 28th annual International Country Music Conference begins later today (5/26) in Nashville. This year's keynote addresses are on bluegrass music and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roy Rogers. Other topics include Hank Williams, the Delmore Brothers, Alan Lomax, and Bill Monroe. Again this year they're allowing me to present on Homer and Jethro, this time focusing on their 1964 album Fractured Folk Songs. Lifetime achievements will go to Ralph Emery and Colin Escott.
ICMC is the premiere event for the discussion of country music and its satellite topics (e.g., Cajun, folk, and even southern rock) on a scholarly level. It began as a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and it is held annually on the weekend nearest the anniversary of Rodgers' death.