Welcome to the Southern Music Research Center

The Southern Music Research Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to the preservation and public presentation of the American South’s many music histories and ongoing forms of musical expression.

The real center of our Center is this website: a public archive of rare photos, rescued recordings, oral histories, ephemera and artifacts from a diversity of musical communities and traditions. We encourage visitors to get to know our site by browsing our collections — and to come back often, as we are actively acquiring and adding new material to the site.

You can support our mission and growth by making a financial contribution. To donate materials to the archive, please contact our executive director, Burgin Mathews: burgin@southernmusicresearch.org. To keep up with our latest archival collections and other updates, please join our mailing list.

Recently Added Items

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers' Convention (1973 Program)

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Souvenir program for the 17th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers' Convention, Athens, Alabama, October 5-6, 1973. Includes a schedule of…

Jimmy Colvin Band Photo and Bio

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Photograph of Jimmy Colvin and his band, taken at a wedding reception at the Carraway-Davie House, Birmingham, Alabama, August 9, 1986. Included with…

Flyer: Free Rock Today, Avondale Park, Birmingham

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Flyer: "Free Rock Today!" featuring nine bands in Avondale Park, Birmingham, Alabama, undated. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: Scott Savage Memorial Benefit at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley

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Flyer for the Scott Savage Memorial Benefit at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley, Alabama. With GNP, Mass Confessions, Srehto, PMS, Stunt Pig, The Freds, and…

Flyer: Headless Marine, GNP, & Stunt Pig at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley

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Flyer for Headless Marines, GNP, and Stunt Pigs at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley, Alabama, March 6, 1987. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: GNP, Stunt Pig, & Entropy at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley

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Flyer for GNP, Stunt Pig, and Entropy at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley, Alabama, February 6, 1987. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: GBH, Accuser, GNP, & Stunt Pig at Club Reunion, Birmingham

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Flyer for GBH, Accuser, GNP, and Stunt Pig at Club Reunion, Birmingham, Alabama. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: Stunt Pig

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Flyer for Stunt Pig, Birmingham, Alabama, undated. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: GNP & Atomic Jefferson at The Nick, Birmingham

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Flyer for GNP and Atomic Jefferson at The Nick, Birmingham, Alabama, undated. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.

Flyer: 23 More Minutes, The Screw, & GNP at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley

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Flyer for 23 More Minutes, The Screw, and GNP at Tuxedo Junction, Ensley, Alabama, undated. Art by Chris Hendrix. Courtesy Chris Hendrix.