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Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies

Department of Appalachian Studies

Lee Bidgood

Lee  Bidgood 

Associate Professor

Band Director - Bluegrass Band, Individual Instruction - Mandolin.

Lee Bidgood performs and researches in areas ranging from church worship and Czech tramp singing to bluegrass, old time, country, and early music. He received his doctorate in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia; since then his writing has been published in "Lide/Mêsto," "The International Country Music Journal," The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Lee's research has been supported by a Fulbright Grant (IIE), a Presidential Fellowship (UVA), a FLAS summer fellowship, and two major RDC grants from ETSU. He has presented his work to the Society of Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the International Country Music Conference. With filmmaker Shara Lange, Bidgood co-produced Banjo Romantika (20013), a full-length documentary film about Czech bluegrass.

Lee has performed on mandolin and fiddle with North Carolina bands, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Big Fat Gap and on viola da gamba and baroque strings with amateur and professional early music groups. He has toured internationally and recorded with Roll's Boys and performed with other Czech bands including G-Runs and Roses and Reliéf. At ETSU Lee has taught "Bluegrass History I-II," "Survey of Contemporary Bluegrass," "Bluegrass and America's Music," "Ethnomusicology in Appalachia," as well as two study abroad courses.

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