Dale Cockrell is Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of Musicology, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University, and President of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, LLC.

He has published widely in the field of American music studies, including Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), which was the recipient of the C. Hugh Holman Award presented by The Society for the Study of Southern Literature; and Excelsior: Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (Stuyvesant, New York: Pendragon, 1989), which won the Irving Lowens Award. His The Ingalls-Wilder Family Songbook, a scholarly and critical edition of the music in the Little House books will be published in 2010.

Professor Cockrell is a former president of the Society for American Music, a member of the American Antiquarian Society, and has been honored with several major awards, grants, and fellowships.

He is the founder, owner, and president of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, LLC, a record label dedicated to recording the music referenced in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books so that children and their parents might once again engage and enjoy the magnificence of America’s musical heritage.


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