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Drew Beisswenger

I’m like many musical people; if as a teenager I was asked to write down my perfect career I would have said a successful singer/songwriter. The realities of life brought a close to that path, at least as career path, but music and songwriting have always been my favorite way of dealing with life’s issues and finding peace. It's fun now to have the opportunity to share my music, and I'm especially pleased that some people tell me enjoy listening to my recordings often.

As a boy I took piano lessons for many years, but it became clear that playing by ear was my strength. I’ve come to believe I’m generally a right-brain person, with more gifts in the creativity realm than in the analytical realm. I could quickly pick up the basics on instruments such as the guitar and play popular songs on the piano. I became interested in acoustic rock artists such as James Taylor, and various folk music traditions such as old-time, bluegrass, and blues. My most active period for songwriting was between 1978 and 1984, although I continue to write songs and tunes today. Though most attracted to creative activities, I was successful as a student and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Musicology: Regional Studies (Ethnomusicology) at the University of Memphis. After working in a career called public sector folklore throughout the 1980s I became a librarian in 1992. Now I am a music librarian at Missouri State University. My research niche has been fiddle music, and I have published a number of works related to fiddle music.

Born in 1956, I grew up largely in Nashville, Tennessee. During my college and public sector folklore years I traveled quite a bit throughout the South and the Midwest. Only when I entered the librarianship field did my life begin to settle down. One of my biggest thrills was working in the mid-1990s as a librarian at Davis & Elkins College, where I was able to attended music workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center every summer. Missouri State University has been a great place to work, and they have given me time to explore interesting research and creative endeavors. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and have a wonderful wife Nancy and daughter Helen.

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