Hot Bluegrass duo, The Roys, recently taped a PBS Special celebrating the music of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lee and Elaine Roy joined Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap and numerous other stars for the event, which raised the rafters of the Loveless Barn outside of Nashville last week. Check out great behind-the-scenes footage and hear the music of Charles “Pa” Ingalls at MTSU Helps Revive Great Old American Music with “Pa’s Fiddle” Project – YouTube.
The PBS Special, “Pa’s Fiddle: America’s Music,” is the brain-child of Dr. Dale Cockrell, director of MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and scholar of the songs embedded in the “Little House on the Prairie” books. He was joined by MTSU professors and students who worked behind the scenes to capture video for the documentary, titled “Inside Pa’s Fiddle.”
MTSU is playing a key role in keeping the old-time fiddle music alive for future generations. Some of the more popular songs were featured in a recorded PBS pledge-drive special that will begin a two-year broadcast run in June.