Author Tim Newby Named Lead-off Speaker for 2016 Baltimore Historical Society History Evenings!

Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and its Legacy author Tim Newby has been named the lead-off speaker for the Baltimore Historical Society History Evenings.  

The History Evenings are a monthly series of presentation and discussions on the history of Baltimore. 

Newby will be presenting "Appalachina Migrants and Bluegrass Music In Baltimore," which will focus on World War II and post-war industrial expansion in Baltimore that brought a flood of Appalachian migrants to the City.

This migration included many extraordinary mountain-musicians who made Baltimore the center of the bluegrass world as key figures such as Del McCoury, Earl Taylor, Walt Hensley, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, and Mike Munford all emerged from the City during this time.

The event will take place January 21, 2016 at the Village Learning Place in Mount Vernon, Baltimore. The evening will begin at 7:00 with a reception, followed by the presentation and a Q & A with Newby.  The event is free. Full details here:  Baltimore Historical Society.
What People are Saying about Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and its Legacy:
  • "Tim's book highlights Baltimore's vital role in the history of this great American musical tradition" - Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.
  • Baltimore's rich Bluegrass History.  There is plenty of information here along with some highly entertaining stories.  Recommended for sure." - Bluegrass Unlimited
  • "Newby's work is momentous as it is the first compendium to examine this deeply rooted tradition." - Baltimore Magazine
  • "The work takes an in-depth look at the way bluegrass and Baltimore's histories coincided, as musicians relied on Americana music to bring people together during the tough, post-War times." - Live for Live Music
  • "When you think of the Baltimore music scene, the folksy, Americana melodies of bluegrass might be the last thing that comes to mind.  However, Baltimore really did act as as crucial and influential epicenter for this growing music scene.  The book, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and its Legacy, by Tim Newby, analyzes and brings to light this rich and hidden history." -Baltimore Guide
  • "In this fascinating work, Tim Newby meticulously lays out how Baltimore, a major industrial mid-Atlantic city, became a melting pot for bluegrass music. We follow the path of people from Southern, rural areas coming north to find work, bringing their music and sharing it with their new neighbors. The end result was the creation of a sound unique to the city and permanently woven into the fabric of bluegrass music as we know it today." - Ralph Papile on the Bluegrass Odyssey Radio Show
  • "Easy-to-read journalism, this book takes a broader view of Maryland's string-band scene, both urban and rural, both past and present...Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and its Legacy tell[s] those stories in far more detail than they've ever been told in print before." - Baltimore City Paper

  • "The first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape." --Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News

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