Roots Music Roadshow
A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles-including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, western swing, polka, and tex-mex is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.
Berklee Roots Roadshow is hosted by Joe Walsh and Matt Glaser. Glaser is the artistic director for the American Roots Music Program. He served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years. As Berklee's first-ever mandolin principal, Walsh '07 toured nationally on behalf of the college, including a performance at the Kennedy Center to honor Earl Scruggs.