Editor’s note: Register for the Blue Ridge Music Center’s FREE virtual A Place in the Band conference held Friday, February 26, 2021 here.
BGS is proud to partner with the Blue Ridge Music Center on their online series, A Place in the Band: Women in Bluegrass & American Roots Music. The 10-part series explores the triumphs and struggles of prominent women with careers in the music industry.
Musicians Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, Amythyst Kiah, and artist manager Traci Thomas are featured in this week’s episodes, which are available with the full series on the Blue Ridge Music Center’s YouTube channel, at their website, BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org, and here on BGS. Along with an online conference hosted by BRMC in late February, the series is part of a project that began in 2020 to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women in the United States the right to vote.
In this edition of A Place in the Band, North Carolina singer-songwriter and social justice activist Laurelyn Dossett interviews artist publicity and management professional Traci Thomas. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Thomas was a founding member of the American Music Association. She was honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame at the Museum’s Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum in 2017. In her interview, Thomas talks about artist management and how she ended up in that role, being a woman in the business and how things have changed, and gives her advice to young women entering the field.
Rounding out the 10 interviews will be three final episodes featuring Kristin Scott Benson, Ruth Ungar Merenda, and Haley Miller Coots debuting on Tuesday, January 26.
Video credit: Joe Dejarnette, Studio 808A
Graphic credit: Jacob LeBlanc, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation