At the 2009 International Country Music Conference Dr. Tim Wise of Salford University in the United Kingdom will be presenting on “Jimmie Rodgers and the Hillbilly Yodel." Wise indicates that "Jimmie Rodgers's yodeling has rarely been the focus of musicological analysis. This paper addresses that omission by presenting the results of an empirical study that examined his yodel melodies and their incipits, their rhythmic and harmonic patterns, and their relationship to the song genres and texts." Wise's presentation will be Friday afternoon, 22 May in sessions moderated by Kris McCusker of Middle Tennessee State
University and as part of a special set of sessions focused on Jimmie Rodgers. The special set of Rodgers sessions honors the 30th anniversary of the publication of Nolan Porterfield' s biography "Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler." The complete ICMC 2009 program will be placed on the ICMC web site in the near future.