Bluegrass Music Heritage of Southwestern Ohio Program, Spring 2017

Since the Early 20th Century many artists, music business figures and places in southwestern Ohio have played key roles in the natural history of bluegrass music. Explore that heritage in programs on Appalachian migration to the Miami Valley, bluegrass performance venues, media, recording studios, record labels and record stores, amateur bluegrass gatherings, the importance of gospel and sacred music, bluegrass in urban communities, and the 1970s bluegrass revival. Enjoy a live performance of music from the region's bluegrass heritage.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7 PM

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Regionals, Hamilton Campus. Google Map Directions

Appalachian Migration: Setting the Musical Stage in Southwestern Ohio 

Phillip Obermiller, PH.D., Senior Visiting Scholar, University of Cincinnati

All the Way to the Fence: Moon Mullins and Bluegrass Broadcasting in the Miami Valley

Daniel Mullins, Independent Scholar, Broadcaster, Journalist, Xenia, Ohio


Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7 PM

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Regionals, Hamilton Campus. Google Map Directions

Bluegrass Music and Urban Appalachian Identity

Nathan McGee, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Bluegrass Recording Studios, Record Labels and Record Stores

Russell “Mac” McDivitt, Independent Scholar, Beavercreek, Ohio


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 PM 

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Regionals, Hamilton Campus. Google Map Directions

The Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage: A Live Performance and Discussion

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers and Bobby Osborne


Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7 PM

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Regionals, Hamilton Campus. Google Map Directions

Green to Bluegrass

Lily Isaacs, Gospel Singer, The Isaacs, and Author, Nashville, Tennessee

The Bluegrass Revival of the 1970s in Southwestern Ohio

Jon Weisberger, Independent Journalist, Broadcaster, Songwriter, Musician, Nashville, Tennessee


Sunday, May 21, 2 PM 

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio. Google Map Directions

Early Venues Featuring Bluegrass Performance in Southwestern Ohio

Larry Nager, Independent Journalist, Nashville, Tennessee, Former Music Critic Editor, Cincinnati EnquirerMemphis Commercial Appeal

Amateur Bluegrass Gatherings as Cultural Expressions of Community

Katherine Rowell, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio and Jeffrey Gaver, Department of History, University of Cincinnati