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Roy Brewer

Name: Roy Brewer
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Location: Memphis
United States 38117
Contact: (901) 282-5460
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Additional Info: Roy C. Brewer, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Musicology, 1996
The University of Memphis
Dissertation: Professional Musicians in Memphis (1900 - 1950): A Tradition of Compromise

M.A. Musicology, 1992
The University of Memphis
Thesis: String Musicians in the Recording Studios of Memphis

B.A. Violin Performance, 1985
Memphis State University


Rudi Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Music in America, 2007
Music Appreciation, 1999 - present
Aural Theory III, 1995
American Folk and Popular Music, 1994

Northwest Mississippi Community College, Southaven, MS
Music Appreciation, 2007 - present

School of Music, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Elvis: In Perspective, 2002 and 2003 summer sessions
(Created and developed course concept and structure)
Flamenco Guitar, 2003 summer session
(Created and developed course concept and structure)

Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, TN
String Specialist, 2002 taught private lessons, conducted student string ensemble


The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World John Shepherd, Ed. (2003):
Two entries entitled: “Electric Bass Guitar” and “Rockabilly.”

Popular Music and Society 26/3 (2003):
“The Appearance of the Electric Bass Guitar: A Rockabilly Perspective.”

Popular Music 19/2 (2000):
“String Musicians in the Recording Studios of Memphis, Tennessee.”

American Music 17/3 (2000):
“The Use of Habanera Rhythm in Rockabilly Music.”

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (1998):
Entries entitled: “Vincent DeFrank,” “Noel Gilbert” and “Symphonies.”

The Journal Musicological Research 19/2 (2000):
Book review: The Late Great Johnny Ace

The World of Music 37/2 (1995):
Book review: Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music from Andalusia


Echoes of Elvis: Elvis Symposium, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., 2010.
“Elvis and the Birth of Rock & Roll.”

Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s, Jonesboro, Arkansas - 2004
“Rockabilly and the Bass: Upright or Electric?”

Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene, Oregon - 2001
“The Train Image in Post War Southern Music.”

Society for Ethnomusicology (Southern and Caribbean Chapters), New Orleans - 2000
“Rockabilly Interpretations of Latin Rhythms.”

Delta Studies Symposium III: The Blues and Beyond, Jonesboro, Arkansas - 1997
“The Evolution of Freddie King's Performance Style.”

Delta Studies Symposium on the Blues: Jonesboro, Arkansas - 1995
“In Search of Africanisms: A Study of Herman Alexander (A Memphis Bluesman Better Known as ‘Alabama’).”

Sonneck Society Annual Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin - 1995
“The Musical Saw: Its General History, Performance Problems, and a Study of Two Mid South Sawyers.”


Orpheum Theatre, Memphis:
Hello, Dolly - 3x (Carol Channing, and others)
King And I - 3x (Richard Harris, others)
My Fair Lady - 3x
Camelot - 4x? (Robert Goulet)
South Pacific - 2x
Joseph - 2x
Jesus Christ Super Star (great, great, band)
The Sound of Music - 2x (Marie Osmond & oldest boy from Brady Bunch)
Singing in the Rain
Carousel (w/ the Guy from Dukes of Hazard)
Peter Pan (Kathy Rigby, 1 violin)
Chicago - 2x (1 violin)
Spamalot (1 violin)
Ragtime (1 violin)
Annie - 2x (1 violin)
Jolson (1 violin)
Secret Garden (1 violin?)
Sunset Blvd (Petula Clark?)
Victor–Victoria (Tennille?)
Beauty & the Beast - 2x
Titanic (next to the top of bad shows)
Brigadoon (easily the world's worst show)
Anything Goes (I have no memory of this show)
West Side Story - 2x
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Other Productions in the area:

Pippin – Germantown Community Theater
Music Man – GTT
West Side Story - GTT
A Little Night Music – Overton Park Shell (I conducted a small ork)
Camelot - Theater Memphis (30 shows!)
Wizard of Oz – Some High school in Bartlett?
South Pacific – West Memphis Community Theater
Scrooge – Overton HS
Mel Torme - Some hotel ballroom
Robert Goulet (Stage show, Orpheum)- 4x?
Burt Bacharach - (we almost got in a fist fight, Hilton)
Smokey Robinson - 7x (notorious jerk conductor)
Johnny Mathis - 4? 5X? (w/a great, great guitarist)
Natilie Cole - Hilton Hotel
John Denver - Mud Island (string quartet)
Henry Mancini - Mud Island
David Gest's All Star Extravaganza
Todd Snyder (Memphis, Eugene)
Cat Power Tour - (USA & Europe) 2006
Peter Pan - (St Mary's/Buckman Theater)
A Mid Summer Night's Dream (TN Shakespeare, 2009 - 21 shows!)
Mac Frampton Band (Helena, AR)

Various local shows
Later, with Jools Hollond - (BBC, London) (Cat Power)
Austin City Limits (Cat Power)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Cat Power) (We were booked to do David Letterman but it fell through the night before)


1986 Swamp Surfing in MemphisVarious Artists Arranger, Guitar, Violin
1987 World We KnewTav Falco Violin
1989 Free Range Chicken The Country Rockers Fiddle
1993 Memphis Music SamplerVarious Artists Fiddle
1994 Ditch Diggin'Southern Culture on the Skids Fiddle
1994 Ditch Diggin'Southern Culture on the Skids Fiddle
1994 Deep in the Shadows Tav Falco
1996 Cryin' for the FireSteve ReidFiddle, Mandolin
1997 Music Aboard the TitanicCarl Wolfe, Violin
1997 Signs & Symbols Messenger 45 Violin, String Arrangements, Viola
1997 Signs & SymbolsMessenger 45Viola, String Arrangements, Violin
1998 These Modern NightsKitchens & Bathrooms Violin
1998 Singles 1993-1994Various Artists Mandolin, Vocals, Fiddle, Strings
1998 Singles 1995-1996 Various Artists Producer, Strings, Guitar
1999 Loverly Music: The Singles 1997-1999Various ArtistsFiddle, Strings
2000 Rural Electric Mohead Drums (Bass), Mandolin
2000 Rude Angel Lorette Velvette Violin/string arr
2001 Outside the Lines Nancy Apple Guitar (lead), Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
2003 Memphis Belles: Past, Present and Future Various Artist Fiddle
2004 Songs from the New SouthAndy Tanas Fiddle
2004 Simply Nothing Shawn McDonald
Spanish Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Viola
2004 Simply Nothing Shawn McDonald
Viola, Guitar (Nylon String)
2005 River Road or Rail Nancy Apple Mandolin, Fiddle
2006 Greatest Cat Power Violin
2006 Greatest [Special] Cat Power Violin
2006 Ripen Shawn McDonald
Flamenco Guitar, Violin
2006 Moonlight Over Memphis Marti Pellow String Section
2007 Black Snake Moan [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack Strings
2007 Black Snake Moan [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack Strings
2007 Better Questions Todd Agnew Violin
2008 Samedi Soir A Beyrouth Bernard Lavilliers Violone
2008 My Blueberry Nights Original Soundtrack Violin
2008 My Blueberry Nights Original Soundtrack Violin
2008 Roots Shawn McDonald Violin
2009 Say Amen...Hymns and Songs of Faith Ginny Owens
Fiddle, Violin
2009 Soulbook Rod Stewart Violin
2010 Shine Nancy Apple Guitar (Electric)
2010 Nothing's Impossible Solomon Burke Violin
2010 Sucker Harlan T. Bobo Violin
2010 35 Years: Bear Family Records Various Artists Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
2010 35 Years: Bear Family Records Various Artists Guitar (Rhythm), Guitar
Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Contemporary Music, Improvisation
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