Publications

May 2020           The Public Historian. In Press.

“Ripped Spike, Tie and Rail from its Moorings’: Racial Reconciliation, Public History, and the ‘Yellow Dog’ of the Mississippi Blues Trail.”

2019                     Southern Cultures. In Press.

The Black Folklife and Blues of Worth Westinghouse Long Jr. in The Land Where the Blues Began

2019                     The Journal of Mississippi History. In Press.

“‘Degrading ‘God’s Acre’: The Alleged Disinterment of Mississippi’s Only African American Secretary of State James D. Lynch.”

2019                     The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual 6. In Press.

“Lightning Struck Him”: Walter Rhodes, the Delta’s Crowing Rooster, and the Influence of Accordion on the Blues

2018                     Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal 49:2 (Dec 2018): 153-184. [link]

“Revisiting Ralph Lembo: Complicating Charley Patton, the 1920s Race Record Industry, and the Italian American Experience in the Mississippi Delta.”

2018                     Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly 42:2 (Summer 2018): 7-13. [link]

“‘I Asked for Water and She Gave Me Gasoline’: Unnecessary Roadblocks, Religious Syncretism, and the Headstone Blues in Copiah County, MS.”

2018                     Blues & Rhythm 330 (May 2018): 14-24. [link]

“Bo Carter: The Genius of the Country Blues.”

2018                     Living Blues 253:49:2 (April 2018): 36-41. [link]

“Burn Down the White Man’s Barn: The Unmarked Biography of Belton Sutherland.”

2018                     Blues & Rhythm 327 (Spring 2018): 8-10. [link]

“Bobby Ray Watson: ‘The Great Untold Story’ of the Colonel.”

2018                     Mississippi Folklife (April 2018). Spring Issue. [link]

“Charley Patton’s Grave: More than a Memorial in Holly Ridge.”

2017                     Blues & Rhythm 322 (Summer 2017): 16-20. [Link]

“‘A Dominating Influence’: Frank Stokes and the Musical Traditions that Made up the ‘Memphis Sound.’”

2015                     Living Blues 237:46:3 (June 2015): 82-83.

“Unearthing the Headstone of Jackie Brenston.”

2014                     Living Blues 231:45:3 (June 2014): 74-77. [link]

“Uncovering Henry ‘Son’ Simms.”

2013                     Living Blues 223:44:1 (Feb/Mar 2013): 16-23.

“‘He Just Going to Stay Down There and Do It at Home, In His Own Front Yard’: The Music of Crystal Springs, Mississippi Native Sunny Ridell.”

2009                     West Tennessee Historical Society Papers 63 (2009): 29-49.

“‘You Know That I’m Getting Tired of Sleeping by Myself’: The Influence of Blues Legend Willie Lee Brown.”

 

Forthcoming Monographs

Old Time Mississippi Fiddle Tunes & the Segregation of Sound

Co-authors Harry Bolick and discographer Tony Russell

Working title for second volume of Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s   (Jackson, MS: Univ Press of Mississippi, 2015).

“Forgotten in the Place it was Born and Raised”: A History of Mississippi Action for Community Education and the Origins of Blues Tourism in the Politics, Performances,  and Bicentennial Protests in the Queen City [revised diss.]

He Sold Hisself to the Devil: A History of Tommy Johnson, Blues, and the Black Freedom Struggle in the Brown-Loess Belt, 1815 to 2020 [revised thesis]