David Evans

As a student of Classical languages at Harvard University (1961-65), Evans became interested in American folk music especially blues and African American folk music.After graduating from Harvard, Evans enrolled in the Folklore and Mythology graduate program at the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving his M.A. degree in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1976.   In 1965, he began doing fieldwork in southern states which would go on for the next 12 years. He collected hundreds of hours of recordings and interviews that have resulted in many publications and albums of blues and other types of African American folk music.            

   Evans began teaching in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Fullerton, in 1969. In 1978 he joined the faculty at Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis). At MSU/UM he designed and has directed the ethnomusicology Ph.D. program, which is the only doctoral program with a specific specialization in Southern U.S. folk and popular music.      Evans has produced over fifty LP’s and CD’s of field and studio recordings and has written liner and booklet notes for over eighty others.  In 2003 he received a Grammy Award for “Best Album Notes.” He is also the editor for the “American Made Music” series of books for the University Press of Mississippi and the “Deep River of Song” series of CD’s for Rounder Records of field recordings of African American folk music by John and Alan Lomax. Evans has lectured throughout the United States and in thirteen foreign countries. He has been a consultant for a number of museums, exhibits, programs, festivals, radio, television, film, and video productions.              

Evans has been a performer (blues vocal and guitar) since the 1960s and has played at concerts and festivals throughout the United States and toured over fifty times as a solo performer and/or accompanist in twenty-two countries of Europe, South America, and Africa. In Memphis and the Mid-South he performs with the Last Chance Jug Band. Most of his style and repertoire were learned from artists with whom he has known through fieldwork and touring.

Come and hear this amazing presenter and musician at the closing lecture this Sunday, January 3, 2 pm.

Posted by Chantal Drake at 2:07 PM
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