“String Band Summit,” the next academic conference for bluegrass, old-time and roots music studies, will take place April 8-10, 2022, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Participation will be in-person and virtual via Zoom. Complete info may be found here. 

According to event organizer Lee Bidgood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies in the Department of Appalachian Studies, performance events are planned for Friday and Saturday nights, with showcases, jamming and square dances after hours. Panel discussions, teaching and research presentations, and workshops are scheduled during each of the three days.

Scholarships are being offered which reduce the cost of registration by half. This is intended to make it more possible for artists, independent scholars, and others without an institutional affiliation to attend. If you are interested, send Lee Bidgood a brief paragraph via email (bidgood@etsu.edu) by March 15, 2022, outlining your status. 

Face coverings are encouraged to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19. Attendees of the conference are strongly encouraged to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated and boosted. The SBS will comply with all ETSU requirements in place at the time of the event. ETSU policies and precautions may be viewed here.  

Return to the March 2022 issue of The Cornerstone.