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West Virginia University Press is pleased to announce Sounding Appalachia, a new book series edited by Travis D. Stimeling

Sounding Appalachia is a book series that documents the many rich traditions of music-making in Appalachia, including gospel, blues, country, old-time, jazz, and classical music, among many others. Presenting high-quality scholarship that is written for the general reader, Sounding Appalachia will capture the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Appalachian musical practices with an ear for those stories that challenge our prevailing understandings of the region, its people, and their musics.

The Sounding Appalachia series will be of interest to the community of Appalachian music enthusiasts; the community of Appalachian music scholars, and to a broader extent, American music scholars; and Appalachians who have a strong interest in regional history and culture. These books will represent the diversity of writers who are currently working to document and tell others about music-making in Appalachia. As such, the series editor will work diligently to recruit authors from a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds and will embrace the work of seasoned scholars as well as strong writers who do not possess academic credentials.

Series Editors: Travis D. Stimeling
Travis Stimeling is an assistant professor of music history at West Virginia University. He is the author of Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin’s Progressive Country Music Scene (Oxford University Press, 2011) and the editor of the Country Music Reader (Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook of Country Music (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

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Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should contact series editor Travis D. Stimeling at