21st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC CONFERENCE , 27-29 May 2004.

THE MASSEY BUSINESS CENTER   BELMONT UNIVERSITY

  The 21st annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be held Thursday evening 27 May 2004 and Friday and Saturday, 28-19 May 2004 in The Board Room of The Massey Business Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont University is located at the south end of Music Row.

  Thursday evening, 27 May 2004 will provide an opportunity for attendees to gather and socialize including informal picking lead by Dr. Danny Allen ---bring your instrument!! Thursday evening will also feature a multimedia keynote talk by Ryan Brasseux and The Lost Bayou Ramblers dealing with the past, present, and future ofCajun music.

  Friday and Saturday will provide a wide variety of presentations dealing with the history and contemporary status of country music. ICMC is truly an international conference with presentations from the Shetland islands, Japan, and Australia as well as from throughout the United States. Presentations will include discussions ranging from Dr. Renee Dechertıs ³I May Be a Real Bad (Cow)Boy": Using Images of Rodeo to Create Authenticity in the Extended Video of Tim McGraw's "Real Good Man" and Dr. Charles K. Wolfeıs "Core Repertoire in Modern Country Music" to Karl Simpson of the Shetland Islands discussion of ³The Legend of Thomas Fraser.

  Friday,28 May will also feature an intriguing panel discussion moderated by Mr. Ronnie Pugh on the career and historical significance of Jim Reeves.

  Charles Wolfe, Michael Streissguth, Tamara Saviano , Reeves guitarist Leo Jackson, Reeves secretary Joyce Jackson, and Ginny Wright who toured and recorded with Jim Reeves will participate in the panel. The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the panel.

  The Friday 2004 luncheon will feature the Belmont University Country Music Book Of-The-Year Award and a Life Achievement Award. The Friday luncheon will also feature the the presentation of the prestigious Charlie Lamb Excellence in Country Music Journalism Awards.

  Preregistration is $80 (U.S.), Onsite registration will be $20 (U.S.) higher. Checks may be made payable to ICMC and sent by Friday, 21 May 2004 to: James E. Akenson. Box 5042. Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville, TN 38505 U.S.A. Confirmation and directions will be sent. For further information contact: JAkenson@tntech.edu

  Nashville is served by major airlines. Interstates 24, 40, and 65 pass  through Nashville. The Holiday Inn Vanderbilt (1-800-HOLIDAY) on West End Avenue and two Hampton Inns (1-800-HAMPTON) on West End Avenue are conveniently located to Belmont University as well as the new Marriott West end (1-800-285-0190). A complete range of motels (Days Inn, Super 8, etc) are found in Nashville and may be contacted through their respective 1-800 reservation numbers or web pages.

  Also, if there are any people who ONLY want to come for the Jim Reeves panel, please contact James Atkinson at JAkenson@tntech.edu for a specially discounted rate.

  Charles Wolfe is a wel known country music historian, Michael Streissguth wrote the Jim Reeves biography 'From a Moth To AFlame', and Tamara Saviano is with American Roots Publishing in Nashville and a person with a very broad grasp of country music. This panel discussion on Jim Reeves promises to  be very interesting and informative!