Travis Stimeling (PhD, musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is assistant professor of music history and director of the WVU Bluegrass Band. A scholar of commercial country and Appalachian traditional music, he recently edited The Country Music Reader
(Oxford University Press, 2015), an anthology of primary source readings in country music history spanning the late nineteenth century to the present, and is the author of Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Music Scene
(Oxford University Press, 2011), which earned an American Musicological Society Publication Subvention. He has published articles in such journals as American Music
, Popular Music
, Popular Music and Society
and Journal of Popular Music Studies
, among others. He also served as a Senior Editor for The Grove Dictionary of American Music
, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the faculty of WVU, he served on the faculty of Millikin University.