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Last Name
Allen Tipton
Independent/Visiting Scholar at Blair School of Music Vanderbilt University, 2019-2020
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Music, American music, music and culture, Gospel music, popular music, sacred music, college fight songs
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About Me

Carrie Allen Tipton writes, podcasts, and lectures about music, religion, arts, and culture. She has written for Pop Matters, Deep South Magazine, Southern Foodways Alliance, W.W. Norton’s Avid Listener, Religion Dispatches, New Encyclopedia of the SouthBlack Music Research Journal, and Journal of the Society for American Music, among other places. She is a former book reviewer for Kirkus Indie and works as an academic editor.

A frequent public speaker, Tipton appeared on a panel at Nashville’s inaugural WriterFest in Fall 2018. She has lectured and appeared on panels for arts organizations such as Bach Society Houston, Eroica Trio, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the National Museum of African American Music, along with universities, schools, and churches. Tipton has presented research at the Southern American Studies Association, Society for American Music,  Society for Ethnomusicology, and NYU’s Music and Film Conference. For past media appearances, click here.

Tipton holds a PhD in Musicology and degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance. She lives in Nashville, where she hosts and produces the Notes on Bach podcast sponsored by Bach Society Houston. Her book From Dixie to Rocky Top: Music and Meaning in Southern College Football uses fight songs to explore larger themes of race, regional identity, and the commodification of school spirit. It is under advance contract with Vanderbilt University Press.

Recent Publications

History Today Magazine, September 2019, “Who’s Afraid of the Jazz Monsters?”

Deep South Magazine, June 2019, Review of Tony Horwitz’s Spying on the South

Mundane Magazine, November 2018, “Changing Times in 1920s Nashville”

History Today, November 2018, “Snoopy Remembers the Great War” (print and web)

Media Coverage
KUHF's The Front Row, "Stirring the Soul" (NPR Radio, Houston, TX) Interviewed about Black male quartet research; program aired June 21, 2012. Houston Chronicle, “Bun B Is In a Class of His Own” Interviewed about Christian hip hop research; article p
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Race, Religion, Sports