Speakers & Panels

An Evening with Joe Bussard

Enjoy a screening of the documentary Desperate Man Blues followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s subject, legendary 78rpm record collector Joe Bussard.
Saturday, May 7

Tennessee Trilogy: The Tennessee Recording Sessions 1927-1930

A discussion of the Bristol, Johnson City and Knoxville recording sessions and the Bear Family’s Tennessee Sessions CD boxed set trilogy. Featuring Ted Olson, Tony Russell and Richard Wieze, moderated by Bradley Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.
Friday, May 6

Local Reflections on the Knoxville Sessions

Historian Jack Neely, archivists Bradley Reeves and Eric Dawson, and musician Nancy Brennan Strange discuss the history of the Knoxville Sessions and the journey that led to their recovery eight decades later.
Friday, May 6

Readings: The World of Collecting 78rpm Records

Author Amanda Petrusich reads from her book Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records. Q&A session to follow.
Saturday, May 7

Voices from the 78rpm Groove: Tracking Down the Artists Who Made the Records

Author and musician Jerry Zolten discusses the artists he uncovered while doing research for Third Man Records’ Grammy-winning Rise and Fall of Paramount Records and other projects.
Saturday, May 7

Preserving Regional Music Culture

Reissue record labels have rediscovered, preserved and disseminated countless recordings that would otherwise be lost. Join label heads John Fabke, Lance Ledbetter, Richard Wieze and Marshall Wyatt as they discuss their work to preserve American musical treasures. Moderated by Tony Russell.
Saturday, May 7

Documentary Field Recording in the Great Smoky Mountains Before and After the National Park

Dr. Ted Olson of East Tennessee State University will relate lessons learned while preparing and promoting two albums featuring historical musical performances from the Joseph Hall collection of documentary field recordings from the Great Smoky Mountains. He’ll also discuss two 2016 albums featuring new performances of Smokies repertoire by leading contemporary roots musicians inspired by the recordings from the Hall collection.
Saturday, May 7