Faculty

Dr. Gregory Reish

Director of the Center for Popular Music

Dr. Gregory Reish
615-898-2449
Room 140, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 41, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA (2001)
  • M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1993)
  • B.M., University of Miami, FL (1988)

Biography

Greg Reish is Director of the Center for Popular Music and Professor of Music History at Middle Tennessee State University. A former Fulbright scholar to Italy, he taught at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Buffalo State College, and Chicago’s Roosevelt University before coming to MTSU in 2014.

Reish is an authority on contemporary Italian music, remains active as a scholar and performer of old-time and bluegrass music, and has rapidly developing interests in South Texas ...

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Greg Reish is Director of the Center for Popular Music and Professor of Music History at Middle Tennessee State University. A former Fulbright scholar to Italy, he taught at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Buffalo State College, and Chicago’s Roosevelt University before coming to MTSU in 2014.

Reish is an authority on contemporary Italian music, remains active as a scholar and performer of old-time and bluegrass music, and has rapidly developing interests in South Texas conjunto music and son jarocho from the Mexican state of Veracruz.

He has released a duo album entitled Speed of the Plow with old-time fiddler Matt Brown, and co-produced albums for the Center for Popular Music’s Spring Fed Records including Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor (home recordings by Howdy Forrester and John Hartford), Old School Polkas del Ghost Town (Lorenzo Martinez and Rabbit Sanchez), and the forthcoming Stole from the Throat of a Bird: The Complete Recordings of Ed Haley and Family.

His recent scholarship has included articles for The Grove Dictionary of American Music, chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Country Music and Honky Tonk on the Left collections, co-editing a volume entitled Music, Tyranny, Resistance, and authoring and co-editing John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes.

Reish is also the weekly host of Lost Sounds on Roots Radio WMOT, which can be heard throughout middle Tennessee and streaming on the web.

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