Grammy-nominated recording artist Stephen Wade will perform April 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Polymer Science Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi.
During “An Evening With Stephen Wade," he will explore the stories behind his latest book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, through live music-making, projected images, and spoken narrative.
“Wade will show slides, tell stories, and perform songs that are an important, but forgotten part of the United States’ folk music canon. He will position the true importance of understanding the musicians who have created our musical past over the actual artifacts (songs) themselves. In other words, he’s quite interested in helping us think about how we remember folk music and musicians,” said Kevin Greene, Department of History Professor.
Greene explains that Wade will teach and share with Mississippians part of their rich cultural past and musical heritage. He will also perform and further explain the cultural past in a way that moves beyond traditional academic settings and offers a multidisciplinary approach.
Wade has retraced the lives of numerous musicians who recorded for the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folksong, as well as several of those musicians who have family roots in the region; consequently, a part of the musicians’ stories are surviving through Wade’s work.
“Wade’s performance and visit is the product of an across-discipline department collaboration of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Music, Department of History, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Honor’s College, The Center for the Study of the Gulf South, and the College of Arts and Letters. They have all worked together to provide an event that reflects their combined interests,” said Greene.
For more information, contact Kevin Greene at Kevin.Greene@usm.edu.