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, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom participating.
The 30th annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 23 May through Saturday 25 May 2013 in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row.
2012 Charlie Lamb Awards
The Charlie Lamb Awards for Excellence in Country Music Journalism are awarded to two distinguished individuals each year. One award recognizes a noteworthy career while the other recognizes a special feature, series, or emerging body of work as the Contemporary category. Pictured left to right are Gary and Peggy Walker (sponsors of the Charlie Lamb Awards), Roni Stoneman (who assisted in presenting the Charlie Lamb Award), Contemporary Category honoree Alanna Nash (selected for her article in Vanity Fair about the legendary photograph of the kiss between Elvis and an unknown young woman), and Don Cusic. Not pictured is Rich Kienzle, winner in the Career Category, who could not be present.
2012 Belmont Book Award
The Belmont Book Award, given for the Best Book on country music, is presented at the annual International Country Music Conference at Belmont University. Pictured are James Akenson, Honoree Nate Gibson (for his book The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built), and Don Cusic.