Sunday, April 25th @ 4:00 PM
Exploring the African American Influence on Kentucky Music
Arnold Shultz: Godfather of Bluegrass
This discussion will explore the legacy of Arnold Shultz, an African American fiddler and guitarist from Morgantown, KY, whose musical innovations would inspire a generation of Kentucky string band players including a young Bill Monroe. Somewhat shrouded in mystery, the story of this musical pioneer will be revealed by panelists Keith Lawrence and Dr. Richard Brown who will discuss the enduring legend that has grown around Shultz and the ways that his story still remains relevant to bluegrass music today. The panel will be moderated by historian Michael L. Jones and Dom Flemons, The American Songster.