Thomas Hart Benton and the Sounds of Americana at The Frist 

Folked Up

Folked Up
A die-hard regionalist, painter Thomas Hart Benton's tastes for the simpler things extended beyond the edges of his colorful, curvaceous canvases. Shunning his East Coast contemporaries, Thomas Hart Benton looked for inspiration in the artistic folk traditions found in the American heartland. Purposely out of step with the avant-garde circles of his time, Benton paid homage to the everyday life of rural people. Along the way, he became enamored of the simple songcraft that he discovered in our country's various folk music traditions. Robert Webb Fry II, senior lecturer of music history and literature at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt speaks to Benton’s interest in folk music as a thematic element accompanied by Ben Sanders on fiddle.
Thu., Jan. 14, 7 p.m., 2010

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