Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

ETSU Bluegrass Group Coming to Charleston

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

ETSU Bluegrass Group Coming to Charleston

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In 1982, when Jack Tottle initiated Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University, no four- year university had ever attempted anything like it. In fact, there were more than a few in the academic community, some highly placed, who were quite dismissive of the notion that these musical styles were appropriate for university-level study.

Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at ETSU has clearly played a major role in renewed excitement about the region's music. It regularly attracts students from ETSU's traditional East Tennessee service area, but also from the entire United States (Texas to New England, Florida to Alaska, plus a multitude of points in between) and from foreign countries as well. …

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