J. Tyler Fritts is an adjunct member of the music department faculty at Rhodes, where he teaches courses in ethnomusicology. His primary research interests concern folk and popular music of the American South.
Dr. Fritts has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in eastern Kentucky, Memphis, and the greater Mississippi Delta. He has presented his doctoral work on Furry Lewis, a folk blues musician from Memphis, at the American Musicological Society South Central Chapter Annual Conference and at the Tennessee Folklore Society Annual Conference. He has also presented his research on Memphis rap at the Experiencing Music Project Pop Conference and his research on Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Dr. Fritts has published album reviews for The World of Music (New Series) and Black Grooves.
B.A., Berea College
M.M., Music History and Literature, the University of Louisville
Ph.D., Musicology/Southern Regional Studies, the University of Memphis