photo: Bill Steber

Bruce Nemerov is a musician and writer living in Western North Carolina.

Bruce is co-author of The Story Behind the Song: 150 Songs that Chronicle the 20th Century (Greenwood Press; 2004) and editor (with Robert Gordon) of Lost Delta Found; Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942 (Vanderbilt University Press; 2005). The latter book has been nominated for several awards and reviewed in major publications including the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

Bruce also writes commentaries and essays on a regular basis for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered on the subject of Southern musical and social history.  Here are three short pieces about the blues, quartet contests, and the wonderful guitar evangelist Sister O.M. Terrell.

A Chance Encounter with the Blues
The Lost Tradition of Quartet Contests
Sister Terrell: A Crooner on the Amen Corner

Bruce produced — and wrote extensive album notes for — John Work III: Recording Black Culture, a compact disc of field recordings of African American musicians from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama from 1938 to 1942. The CD was given the 2007 Grammy Award for “Best Album Notes.” Read the review in the New York Times.

Bruce has composed and performed music for film and television and produced and recorded albums for a variety of companies, including Warner Bros., Flying Fish, RCA Victor, and Rounder Records. He was an original cast member of Public Radio’s comedy show Riders Radio Theater starring Riders in the Sky, and now tours as a solo guitarist and occasionally plays in duos and trios with musical pals.