Uncle Dave Macon Disertation

by | 13 Sep, 2021

The Doyen of Dixie: A Survey of the Banjo Stylings of Uncle Dave Macon

Corbin F. Hayslett has received a citation for his submitted thesis on Uncle Dave Macon, surveying his banjo styles and looking past his entertaining showmanship.

David Harrison Macon (1870-1952) is often memorialized for his showmanship rather than his banjo playing. To compartmentalize such a significant American musician yields a wide gap within scholarship about Macon, country music history and the banjo. Macon’s banjo playing, documented through over two-hundred and fifty recordings made between the 1920s and 1950s, represents an array of cultures, eras, ethnicities, and styles all preserved in the repertoire of one of the most prolific country musicians of the 20th century.

The entire dissertation can be found here for download.