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Welcome!  The Center holds over one million items related to American vernacular music traditions, encompassing the full range of styles in popular music, folk and traditional music, sacred music, and community band music.  The materials are wide-ranging and include, in part, early American sheet music, songsters, and broadsides; sound recordings in all formats; published scholarly books and periodicals; unique archival collections; multi-media digital collections; and databases that offer the latest marketing statistics.

The Center also strives to stimulate learning and the exchange of ideas through grant-supported projects, conferences, classes, guest lectures, concerts, the Spring Fed record label, interviews, discussion blogs, social media engagement, digitization activities, and staff research projects.  You can explore many of our digital collections, activities, and holdings on this website.  Free and open to everyone, the Center has a staff eager to help you better understand our country's vast musical heritage.


Current Exhibits

Food, Glorious Food

The Food, Glorious Food exhibit features items from our collection having to do with food branding and marketing in American popular music and was put together by archvist, Rachel Morris.

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Operation Song

Our Operation Song exhibit was put together by Library Assistant Olivia Beaudry. It was created for an Operation Song event and honors our active servicemen and veterans. This exhibit features items from our collection having to do with all branches of the military. You can find out more about Operation Song, a Nashville, Tennessee based 501(c)(3) non-profit that empowers veterans and active duty military members to tell their stories through songwriting by clicking the link here.

Operation Song Exhibit


CPM Finals Week Hours and Holiday Closings


Students: Finals Week is fast approaching. As usual, we will be open from 8:30-4, Monday through Friday. Please contact the Center's Librarian, Lindsay Million, or call us at 615-898-2449 if you need to schedule a time to visit the Center outside our normal hours of operation.

The Center will be open for much of December, but will close again for Holiday Break on Friday, December 23rd. The CPM will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017! 


Center for Popular Music Annual Report

The CPM's 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available for your reading pleasure! This report includes information about past events, note-worthy acquisitions, collections statistics, and staff news. You can download it (or any of our previous annual reports) by following the link here. You can also access them by clicking About CPM in the left side-bar and choosing Annual Reports


Fall Events

The CPM has an action-packed calendar for the upcoming Fall semester, with speakers, performers, and other exciting programs. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to our website and social media pages for locations and other information. All events are free of charge and open to the public!

September 14, 4:30 pm — Tracy Nelson

Blues-rock singer Tracy Nelson, who Entertainment Weekly called, “blues practitioner of tremendous vocal power and emotional range,” will be on campus to sing some of her magnificent catalog and talk about her amazing career. Tracy started her career in Chicago in the 1960s, learning from Charlie Musselwhite, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, then became an important part of San Francisco’s psychedelic scene as the lead singer of Mother Earth. Since then she’s worked with Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, and other icons of American roots music.

GuralnickSeptember 19, 12:40 pm — The Americans

Roots-rock band The Americans, featured in the new film American Epic (produced by Jack White, T-Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford) will present a program exploring the earliest period of roots music commercial recordings, from the 1920s and 1930s.

October 26, 4:30 pm — Peter Guralnick

Author Peter Guralnick, one of the most acclaimed music biographers and critics of our time, will do a live interview with CPM Director Dr. Greg Reish about Guralnick’s latest book, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. Guralinck is also the author of award-winning books about Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson, and other American roots-music topics.

November 14, 7:00 pm — Charlie McCoyCharilieMcCoy

A pillar of the Nashville Sound and one of the most versatile session musicians in popular music history, Charlie McCoy will speak about his extraordinary career and perform a concert backed by a group of Nashville pros. This program will be hosted by Dr. Travis Stimeling of West Virginia University, who is one of the world’s leading authorities on Nashville’s classic era of recording.

November 18, 11:00 am — Shelly Peiken

This number 1 hit pop songwriter will talk about her new book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, with the coordinator of MTSU’s commercial songwriting program, Prof. Odie Blackmon.


CPM in the News

The Center's newest Grammy grant to digitize our collection of bluegrass audio recordings from Marvin Hedrick has been getting a lot of buzz! We're so glad that everyone is as excited about this project as we are. Please check out some of the latest articles and interviews regarding the collection and the grant project below.

The project is underway now, and we'll continue to update you as it progresses! Thank you for your support.


$19K Grammy grant will help MTSU digitize new bluegrass collection

MTSU’s Center for Popular Music is the recipient of another national grant from the Grammy Foundation, this time to digitize an extensive, “historically and culturally significant” live bluegrass audio collection from Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick.

This rare 45 rpm single by “The Weedpatch Boys,” released in 1963, is part of a large “historically and culturally significant” bluegrass audio collection recently donated to MTSU’s Center for Popular Music by the family of Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. Hedrick was a member of the band, as were his two sons. The center received a $19,537 grant from the Grammy Foundation April 6 to preserve and digitize the collection.

This rare 45 rpm single by “The Weedpatch Boys,” released in 1963, is part of a large “historically and culturally significant” bluegrass audio collection recently donated to MTSU’s Center for Popular Music by the family of Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. Hedrick was a member of the band, as were his two sons. The center received a $19,537 grant from the Grammy Foundation April 6 to preserve and digitize the collection.

The $19,537 grant will make the center an even greater research resource for MTSU students and faculty as well as scholars from across the world, director Greg Reish said.

“Mr. Hedrick was, among other things, a fixture at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival,” Reish explained. “He lived in Brown County, where the festival’s held, and befriended Bill Monroe and all the other pioneers of bluegrass. He also was very helpful to younger folklorists who took a serious interest in bluegrass.” Continue reading


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