David Evans (musicologist)

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David Evans (born January 22, 1944)[1] is an ethnomusicologist and director of the Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies program at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in the University of Memphis, where he has worked since 1978.[2]

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at UCLA and began making trips to the southern states in the 1960s to research and record blues musicians. He recorded the singer Jack Owens in 1970 and later produced records for Jessie Mae Hemphill and other blues musicians.[1]

As head of the University of Memphis's High Water Recording Company, he made numerous recordings of performers in the Memphis area, some of whom were not previously documented. He has written or edited a number of books on the blues and has written liner notes and booklets for various music releases.[3] He won a Grammy in 2003 for "Best Album Notes" for the CD Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton.[4]

Evans has also been performing in the United States and elsewhere, both solo and with the Last Chance Jug Band. His discography includes Match Box Blues (Inside Sounds, 2002); I Didn't Know About You (Heavywood, 2005);[5] Needy Times (Inside Sounds, 2007) and Shake That Thing! (Inside Sounds, 2006).[6]

Published work[edit]

  • Tommy Johnson (London: Studio Vista, 1971)
  • Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982)
  • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues (New York: Perigee, 2005)

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dr. David Evans, Allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 September 2016
  2. ^ "Faculty Members". Faculty members. University of Memphis. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "High Water Recording Company Discography". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Heavywood Recordings Catalogue". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Inside Sounds Blues Catalogue". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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