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(L to R) Bill Monroe, mandolin; Roger Smith, fiddle; Birch Monroe; Jimmy Maynard (guitar). Brown Country Jamboree Barn. Beanblossom, IN. 1963. Photograph by Jim PevaThe Marvin Hedrick Audio Collection includes historically and culturally significant recordings of bluegrass and country artists made by influential documentarian Marvin Hedrick in Brown County, Indiana between 1954 and 1973. Most of the recorded performances took place at the Brown County Jamboree in Bean Blossom, Indiana, which has also been the home of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival since 1967. The recordings capture performances by many of the genre’s most significant figures during a crucial time of transition for the music and its broader cultural context.

 

The Hedrick Collection was donated to the Center for Popular Music by Gary Hedrick and David Hedrick in 2015. In 2016–17 the Center received a Preservation Implementation Grant from the GRAMMY Foundation (now part of the GRAMMY Museum) to fund this preservation, digitization, and cataloging project.

 

Each of the tapes in the collection is cataloged here, including detailed searchable information about artists, songs, dates, and other elements. One audio sample from each tape is provided as streaming audio for educational purposes. The entirety of the tapes' digitized contents is available to researchers on site at the Center for Popular Music, located on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

  

  

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