Welcome to the International Country Music Conference


The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) provides scholars an opportunity to share their work in all aspects of country music. ICMC broadly defines country music to include variants which share common historical and cultural roots ranging from Americana, alt.country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Rock, Crossover, and Honky Tonk to the Nashville Sound, New Traditionalist, Old Time Country, and Western Swing. ICMC is truly international with scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom participating.

ICMC 2016

The 32nd annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 26 May through Saturday 28 May 2016 in the in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row. Wednesday 25 May from 5:00-8:00pm will be the pre-conference social in the Parthenon Room of the Holiday Inn, Vanderbilt. Come join in for a tasting of Calfkiller Brewing Company (Sparta, TN home and final resting place of Lester Flatt), multiple book launch, picking, and socializing. ICMC pickers will be featured from 9:00-10:00pm in the Commodore Lounge as part of Singer-Songwriter night.

Nashville Skyline
Downtown Nashville

ICMC Features

Left to Right: James Akenson, Belmont Book Honoree Barry Mazor, Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Honoree Jewly Hight, Rolling Stone Country Senior Editor Beville Dunkerley, Don Cusic

ICMC 2015 Award Winners

Barry Mazor is the honoree for the 2015 Belmont Country Music Book of the Year Award. Jewly Hight is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Excellence in Country Music Journalism Award. Pictured left to right: James Akenson, Belmont Book Honoree Barry Mazor, Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Honoree Jewly Hight, Rolling Stone Country Senior Editor Beville Dunkerley, Don Cusic


Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music published by Chicago Review Press

2015 Belmont Book Award

Barry Mazor was honored with the 2015 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music published by Chicago Review Press.

International Country Music Journal

International Country Music Journal

The International Country Music Journal (ICMJ) 2015 is now available and edited by Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University. The 2015 ICMJ features a wide variety of articles ranging from Wayne Daniel's and Kevin Fleming's discussion of "Sunshine Sue: Country Music's Fist and Only Barn Dance Femce" to Joyce Smith's "Rascals and Refined Gentlemen: Southern Masculinity in BobMcDill's Country Lyrics" to David Maddox's and J. Rush Hicks's "Defending 'Prop Me Up By the Jukebox (If I Die)' A Case Study of Copyright Infringement." Although an official function of ICMC, the ICMJ accepts manuscript submissions from scholars and others from throughout the world regardless if they have attended and presented at ICMC or not. ICMJ is available from Amazon.com. Persons interested in submitting manuscripts for ICMJ should contact Don Cusic at don.cusic@belmont.edu for guidelines.

Past Award Winners