Jason Howard / Berea, Kentucky / 2009-2010 / Topic: Kentucky Roots Music
Project: Jason Howard is an editor and writer living in Berea. His last book, Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, co-written with Silas House, has become one of the University Press of Kentucky's bestselling titles. His Fellowship work is related to his book, A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music. It is a multi-genre and multi-regional, representing various forms of contemporary roots music throughout the state. Participants for the book include both established musicians and emerging voices. Among these are Naomi Judd, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Ben Sollee, Loretta Lynn, Dale Ann Bradley, and the Reel World String Band. Jason drew upon archival audio, manuscript, and print resources to develop the book's introductory chapter which is an expansive, historical account of roots music in Kentucky. This account links the book's contemporary subjects to their spiritual forebears-Lily May Ledford, Red Foley, the A.L. Phipps Family, anonymous church singers and musicians, and countless others.