Episode 25: Charles Hughes on the History of Country & Soul Music in the American South

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Dr. Charles Hughes of Rhodes College joins Ben and Bob to talk about his recent book Country Soul, which examines the history of music in the “Country Soul Triangle” studio towns of Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals. Charles explains how the working relationships between these three towns, and the musicians who performed in the studios, created the sound of Country Music and Soul Music in the second half of the 20th Century. The conversation also covers a variety of other topics, including the Civil Rights Movement, the history of professional wrestling, Elvis Presley, and the trends that led us from the “outlaw country” of the 1970s to the country music of today.

We’re also happy to announce that our friend Ian Skotte has joined The Road to Now team as our producer. Ian joins us at the beginning to introduce himself to our listeners and talk about a few things we have in the works for the podcast in the upcoming months.

                                                                               Dr. Charles Hughes

                                                                               Dr. Charles Hughes

Dr. Charles Hughes is a historian and director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. His most recent book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South was named one of Rolling Stones’ “10 Best Music Books of 2015.” His current project looks at the history of Professional Wrestling and race in the United States.

Recorded October 6th, 2016 on the campus of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Links:
-Charles Hughes' faculty page at Rhodes College 
-Charles Hughes on twitter 
-Charles Hughes, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South (UNC Press, 2015).  
-Rolling Stone, "10 Best Music Books of 2015"