Dr. Gregory Reish

Director of the Center for Popular Music

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

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA (2001)
  • M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1993)
  • B.M., University of Miami, FL (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 Hawaii 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 has since shifted his focus to old-time country, bluegrass, and other traditional musics of the A...

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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 Hawaii 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 has since shifted his focus to old-time country, bluegrass, and other traditional musics of the American South (musc he has played since childhood). He has also developed interests in South Texas conjunto music and son jarocho from the Mexican state of Veracruz, traveling to those regonas frequently to document and participate in those distinctive musical cultures.

Dr. Reish has released a duo album entitled Speed of the Plow with old-time fiddler Matt Brown, and co-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), 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 two albums to date: Belen Escobedo's Panfilo's Güera and Felipe Perez's Texas en Polka.

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, co-editing a book entitled Music and Tyranny, and authoring and co-editing John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes.

Reish 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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