Publications

Spring 2020                    Southern Cultures 26:1 (Spring 2020): 54-77. [Click HERE to read it]

“Worth Westinghouse Long Jr.: Creating Dangerously in The Land Where the Blues Began”

2020                      The Public Historian 42:2 (May 2020): 56-77. [Click HERE to read it].

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

2020                     The Journal of Mississippi History. 82:1 (Spring/Summer 2020): 17-38.

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

2020                     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. [Click HERE to read it]

“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. [Click HERE to read it]

“‘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]