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Murphy Henry On Women In Bluegrass at ICMC

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Murphy HenryNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will feature bluegrass and banjo artist/historian Murphey Henry on Women in Bluegrass. Published articles will make it into the International Country Music Journal.

James Akenson of the ICMC writes, "Receiving Murphy Henry’s proposals was particularly pleasing! Murphy will be dealing with a significant topic “Enduring Issues In Bluegrass: Pretty Good For A Girl.” ICMC has considered the role of women to be worth consistent attention whether as individual presentations, as topics for the Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel, or as the focus for the ICMC keynote."

In addition, watch for Murphy’s book--Pretty Good For a Girl: Women in Bluegrass-- to be published the the University Illinois Press by the time ICMC 2013 convenes. No doubt Illinois Press acquisitions editor, and long time ICMC friend, Laurie Matheson will have it on display and she just might be willing to make a copy available for the Saturday luncheon door prizes!

The ICMC advises interested parties to please feel free to submit proposals to James Akenson at as soon as feasible, but not later than Friday, 26 October 2012. They prefer to receive proposals as early in the process as feasible. They have already received some very fine proposals in addition to Murphy Henry’s plus have a wonderful Hank Williams themed keynote event in place. It will be very fitting to have a Hank Williams ICMC 2013 keynote event to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Hank’s death. As always, the ICMC welcomes input, suggestions about ICMC to make it an even more positive experience.

Should you have colleagues who would like to receive ICMC eblurbs please send their name and email address to James Akenson at

By the way, should you purchase the soon-to-be-published 2013 Bluegrass Calendar: Bluegrass in Nashville you might find the cover pict and background for the twelve featured bands and/or artists to look familiar.

Once again Memorial Day weekend Thursday through Saturday 23-25 May will be the dates for ICMC 2013. The ICMC web site ( ) should be updated in very near future. Looking forward to our getting together once again May 23-25 2013 in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville.

The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) provides scholars an opportunity to share their work in all aspects of country music. ICMC broadly defines country music to include variants which share common historical and cultural roots ranging from Americana,, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Rock, Crossover, and Honky Tonk to the Nashville Sound, New Traditionalist, Old Time Country, and Western Swing. ICMC is truly international with scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom participating.

ICMC solicits proposals in all disciplines related to all aspects of the history and contemporary status of Country Music. ICMC broadly defines Country Music to include variants from Old Time Country, Cajun, Cowboy, Western Swing, and the Nashville Sound to Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Country Rock, New Traditionalist, Hot New Country, Alternative Country, and the country music tradition in countries outside the United States. Proposals on the educational applications of Country Music from Kindergarten through the collegiate curriculum are also welcome. ICMC is truly international with papers having been presented by scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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