Professor Lee Bidgood, East Tennessee State University is working at the FHS in the 2018/19 academic year. Lee Bidgood specializes on bluegrass, old time, country, and early music. In the winter term 2018/19 he is teaching “American Roots Music" within the Ethnomusicology Programme.
“American roots music” is a common phrase used in the United States to describe a variety of musics, businesses, and points of view. This class will examine music-cultures that bear this label, focusing on key individuals and groups who helped establish awareness of and affinity for “roots” sounds or practices. Students will also interact with present-day actors in “roots” scenes in the Czech Republic and compare and contrast US revivalism with Czech efforts.