Dr. Gregory Reish

Director of the Center for Popular Music, Professor of Music History

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

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Georgia (2001)
  • MA, University of Georgia (1993)
  • BM, University of Miami (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 Hawai'i at Hilo, Buffalo State College, and Chicago’s Roosevelt University before coming to MTSU in 2014.

After establishing himself as an authority on twentieth-century Italian music, Dr. Reish now focuses on old-time country, bluegrass, and other traditional musics of the American South. ...

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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 Hawai'i at Hilo, Buffalo State College, and Chicago’s Roosevelt University before coming to MTSU in 2014.

After establishing himself as an authority on twentieth-century Italian music, Dr. Reish now focuses on old-time country, bluegrass, and other traditional musics of the American South. In recent years he has developed interests in South Texas conjunto music and son jarocho from the Mexican state of Veracruz, traveling to those regions frequently to document and participate in those distinctive musical cultures. He has recently developed new courses in the MTSU curriculum on bluegrass music, and regional Mexican music.

An accomplished singer and a performer on various instruments, Dr. Reish has given concerts, lecture-recitals, and workshops across much of the U.S., and in Mexico, Italy, Canada, Japan, and China. He has also lectured widely on a broad range of topics, from early twentieth-century Italian modernism, to traditional Anglo American fiddling in the U.S. South, to archival practices and sound preservation strategies.

Dr. Reish has released a duo album entitled Speed of the Plow with old-time fiddler Matt Brown, and 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), Tennessee Breakdown (Austin Derryberry and Trenton Caruthers) and the forthcoming Stole from the Throat of a Bird: The Complete Recordings of Ed Haley and Family. He has also engineered, mixed, and mastered various albums for Spring Fed Records.

His recent scholarship includes articles for The Grove Dictionary of American Music, chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Country Music and Honky Tonk on the Left collections, a co-edited book entitled Music and Tyranny, and a contextualized musical anthology entitled John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes. He currently has two books forthcoming: a collection of recent scholarship on bluegrass music (co-edited with Lee Bidgood), and a compedium of interviews addressing "old-time" music in the twenty-first century (co-edited with Dan Margolies).

Reish has been the recipient and primary investigator for numerous grants, from sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy in the Producers and Engineers category, and 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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