Professor, American Roots Music Instructor
Department of Appalachian Studies
Ted Olson teaches courses in Appalachian music history. He is music section editor for The Encyclopedia of Appalachia; book series editor for the Charles K. Wolfe Music Series (University of Tennessee Press); co-editor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music; author of Blue Ridge Folklife; and producer of and album notes writer for several documentary collections of recordings from Appalachia, including boxed sets collecting the 1927-1928 Bristol Sessions, the 1928-1929 Johnson City Sessions, and the 1929-1930 Knoxville Sessions. For his work as a music historian, Olson has received six Grammy Award nominations, an International Bluegrass Music Association Award, an Independent Music Award, and two Jack Spadaro Documentary Awards.