J. Tyler Fritts

Adjunct Professor

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 Memphis and the greater Mississippi Delta (blues, punk, rap), and in eastern Kentucky (ballads and fiddle tunes). He has presented his work at local, regional, national, and international conferences, including the Society for Ethnomusicology national conference, the EMP Pop Conference, the Social and Cultural Study of Music Conference, and the International Conference on the Blues. 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