The Knoxville Sessions Finalists for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

Finalists for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.  Winners will be announced in September 2017, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2018, during ARSC’s annual conference.  Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at

Begun in 1991, the ARSC Awards for Excellence are given to authors of books, articles or extensive recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for Best History and Best Discography, and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications. 

Finalists and winners are chosen by a committee consisting of three elected judges representing specific fields of study, two judges-at-large, the review editor of the ARSC Journal and the President of ARSC. The 2017 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following: 

Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge); Jon Samuels (Classical Music Judge); Matthew Barton (Popular Music Judge); Cary Ginnell (Judge-At-Large); Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large); James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal); Patrick Feaster (ARSC President); David N. “Uncle Dave” Lewis (Awards Committee Co-Chair), and Roberta Freund Schwartz (Awards Committee Co-Chair).

Best Historical Research in Record Labels

Ted Olson and Tony Russell, The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp (Bear Family Records)


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