Ray Charles and Country Music

The Ray Charles Symposium

Panels and Workshops

Session 1b: Ray Charles and Country Music

Friday, September 21
10:00 a.m.–12 p.m.

Session Description: Jay Peterson will take a close look at Charles’s classic album Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music, focusing especially on his transformations of these songs, as well as the story of this record in a historical context: how generally resistant the record company was to the idea of Charles recording an album of country tunes, how successful it proved to be, and how it subsequently influenced other artists and the music industry in general.

Moderator: Jay Peterson