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Music Giant Ralph Peer

Ralph Peer Book
Chicago Review Press
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  Talent scout, engineer and producer Ralph Peer is known for launching the careers of some of country music’s biggest stars like the Carter family and Jimmy Rodgers. But Peer’s influence spanned far beyond these groups. He was instrumental in bringing roots, country, jazz, latin and blues music to new audiences across the globe. A new biography,Ralph Peer and The Making of Popular Roots Music explores Peer’s vast career and influence. Host Frank Stasio talks with author and music journalist Barry Mazor. He also speaks with Dom Flemons, formerly with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Flemons performs in studio. Mazor and Flemons will present a conversation and concert at 6 p.m. at the UNC Wilson Special Collections Library as part of a program sponsored by the Southern Folklife Center.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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