Executive Director, the Texas Heritage Music
Foundation, is the author of Women in Texas Music:
Stories and Songs, published in 2007 by the University
of Texas Press. Kathleen teaches technical communication,
freshman composition, creative writing, mythology, world
literature, and advanced composition in the English
Department at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
She founded the Texas Heritage Music Foundation in 1987
out of a commitment that stories and songs make a difference
in the world. Her background includes a dissertation
full of quotations by writers on writing, a weekly newspaper
column, a radio series on Texas music, and a monthly
column NOW in On The Road with Kathleen. She
is the author of Telling Stories, Writing Songs:
An Album of Texas Songwriters, a book on Texas
songwriters based on her oral history project in Texas
music. Kathleen is also a certified trainer with an
educational program called “The Past is Prologue”
and uses the Native American learning story in the classroom
and with groups. Each year PIP has an annual conference
at Schreiner University.
MICHAEL T. BERTRAND
is an assistant professor of history at Tennessee
State University. A native of South Louisiana, he also
has taught at the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee
State University, and the University of Mississippi.
His research interests focus on southern history, culture,
and music, with an emphasis on comprehending the relationship
between popular culture and social change. The University
of Illinois Press recently released a second (paperback)
edition of his first book, Race, Rock, and Elvis.
He has written published articles on Hank Williams,
rockabilly, country music and gender, barn dance radio
and the blackface tradition, and popular music and southern
race relations. He is currently working on a manuscript
on African American radio programming in the South between
1948 and 1963.
holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington
University in St. Louis. She is currently the CEO of
United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. a non-profit
group of seven community health centers in Nashville
and middle Tennessee. Her work in non-profit community-based
organizations was preceded by 7 years on the faculty
of Colgate University in upstate New York where she
taught sociology and anthropology. A fan and historian
of country music, her book Finding Her Voice: The
History of Women in Country Music, written jointly
with her husband Robert K. Oermann, a music journalist,
was published by Crown Publishers in 1993 and remains
the most definitive history in its area. It received
a Deems Taylor award for excellence in the field of
music scholarship. An updated version was published
again in 2004 by Vanderbilt University Press and the
Country Music Hall of Fame Press.
TRACEY E. W.
LAIRD earned her PhD from the University of
Michigan and currently serves as assistant professor
of music at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
She is the author of Louisiana Hayride: Radio and
Roots Music along the Red River (NY: Oxford University
Press, 2005) and a native of the Hayride's hometown
of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Ph.D., is the Director of the BMI Archives. He received
his Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington University
and has taught at New York University, Fordham University,
Hunter College and the New School. Dr. Sanjek has published
widely on popular music, film, cultural studies and
critical legal studies among other subjects and participates
at numerous conferences, including meetings of the American
Studies Association, International Association for the
Study of Popular Music and the annual conference on
writing about music held at the Experience Music Project.
He has been an advisor to the Smithsonian, Library of
Congress, Blues Foundation, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Experience Music Project and other bodies, films, radio
series and television programs. He is completing Always
On My Mind: Music, Memory and Money and at work on other
completed his Ph.D. in American Studies in August 2005
at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation,
Hit Radio and the Formatting of America in the Early
1970s, is an interdisciplinary analysis of the
development of commercial music radio formats, fusing
media and communication studies with popular music history
and American cultural history. An experienced university
instructor, Simpson has also worked in music publishing
and has toured as a professional musician. He is currently
Vice President of the Artist and Repertoire Department
at RippyFish Records.