Tim Sharp Publishes Book on Nashville’s Musical Heritage


Publication Date: 4/21/2008

Tim Sharp, Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes and the Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts, has recently written a book on Nashville’s musical heritage.  Nashville Music Before Country is Sharp’s second publication in a series of books on the various styles of music that originated in Tennessee.

Years before WSM Radio’s first radio broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville was the point of intersection for an eclectic stream of musical confluences.  Nashville Music Before Country chronicles these confluences which include Appalachian folk-hymns, fiddle tunes, wilderness spirituals, classical traditions, African-American spirituals, minstrelsy, and gospel songs.

Nashville Music Before Country tells the story of how music merged with education, publication, entertainment, and distribution to set the stage for a unique musical metropolis. The book includes vintage photographs, historical sketches, portraits, and 19th century Nashville sheet music publications.

Sharp is the author of Precision Conducting: Seven Disciplines for Excellence in Conducting, Achieving Choral Blend and Balance, and most recently, Memphis Music: Before the BluesIn addition to teaching conducting and African-American Music at Rhodes, Sharp conducts the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale.