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David Evans (musicologist)

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David Evans
Born (1944-01-22) January 22, 1944 (age 80)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation(s)Musicologist, writer

David Evans (born January 22, 1944)[1] is an American 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] In 2023 he has been inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame as a non-performer.[3][4]

Life and career


He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. 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] His research work in the Deep South was mentioned extensively in Robert Palmer's tome, Deep Blues.[5]

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.[6] He won a Grammy Award in 2003 for "Best Album Notes" for the CD Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton.[7]

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);[8] Needy Times (Inside Sounds, 2007) and Shake That Thing! (Inside Sounds, 2006).[9]

Published work

  • 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

  • Cooper, Jack T. (2005). "David Evans". The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Anand Prahlad, ed. Vol. 1, A–F. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-33036-0.


  1. ^ a b Dr. David Evans, Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2016
  2. ^ "Faculty Members". University of Memphis. Archived from the original on 24 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (2023-03-15). "Esther Phillips, Josh White & More to Be Inducted into Blues Hall of Fame: Full List of 2023 Inductees". Billboard. Retrieved 2023-04-16.
  4. ^ Ehrenclou, Martine (2023-03-15). "Blues Hall of Fame 2023 Inductees Announced". ROCK AND BLUES MUSE. Retrieved 2023-04-16.
  5. ^ Robert Palmer (1981). Deep Blues. Penguin Books. pp. 39, 41, 59, 65, 69, 86, 88, 114, 117. ISBN 978-0-14-006223-6.
  6. ^ "High Water Recording Company Discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  7. ^ "Past Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Heavywood Recordings Catalogue". Heavywoodmusic.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  9. ^ "Inside Sounds Blues Catalogue". Insidesounds.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08.