Hughes Praised in NPR Review of New Essay Collection


The work of Memphis Center Postdoctoral Fellow Charles Hughes continues to garner national attention.

A review on recently lauded an essay by Hughes as a highlight of a newly-published anthology on race and country music. The collection of scholarly essays, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, edited by Diane Pecknold and published by Duke University Press, includes Hughes’ essay, “You’re My Soul Song: How Southern Soul Changed Country Music.” Reviewer RJ Smith called Hughes’ article one of the “best pieces” in the collection, noting that he “compellingly” illustrates the complex relationship between country and soul musicians in the 1960s and 1970s South. To read the review, go to¬†

At Rhodes, Hughes’ courses include History 205 - The History of Memphis and History 105 - Elvis Presley and America. Last summer he also supervised undergraduate research projects in the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies.