Sixteenth Annual Abbeville Institute Summer School
July 15 - July 20$1128 - $1956
Southern Identity Through Southern Music
St Christopher Conference Center, July 15-20, 2018
Seabrook Island, South Carolina
Music has been described as “the soul of the world embedded in sound.” Southern music exemplifies the traditions and culture of its people “embedded in sound.” It sprang from the mud, the rivers, the forests, the fields, and the mountains. From the land and place, to religion, folk songs, poverty and defeat, a “new South” and and old culture, the South has a story to tell, and for most of her history, that story has been told through song.
Every form of “American” music is, in fact, Southern in origin. Blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, bluegrass, gospel, and rhythm and blues all originated in the South. Most of the iconic names in American music were reared south of the Mason Dixon. Elvis, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Fats Domino, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and countless others proudly called the South home and often sang about the South and its people. Even modern television singing contests like American Idol typically have Southern winners.
Join us for a thoughtful discussion of how music is a tangible reminder of the valuable and lasting contributions of the South to American culture and one of the elements that will endure. As long as her people can write the songs, the South and the Southern tradition will remain.
Alan Harrelson, Grammy nominated banjo picker and Southern historian
Dr. Brion McClanahan, Author and Historian
Dr. Jeff Rogers, Professor of History, Gordon State University
Dr. Tom Daniel, Music Historian
Michael Martin, Independent Southern Historian
Frank Clark, Musician and Director of the Bell Research Center
Dr. Catharine Brosman, Southern Poet
Katie Harpainter, Ph.D candidate in music performance
More to be announced.
Special Banquet Musical Performance and Lecture
Bobby Horton, Critically acclaimed multi-instrument musician