2013 Ponderosa Stomp
Music History Conference Moderators

October 3rd & 4th 2013 Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans

Bunny Matthews

Bunny Matthews has been writing about music in New Orleans since 1968 and has composed liner notes for such artists as James Booker, Earl King, Smiley Lewis and the Meters. His art hangs in the Louisiana State Museum and he plays drums with Bunny and the Playboys, “America’s Leading Heterosexual Band.” Bunny resides in beautiful Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Cyril Jordan

Cyril Jordan (born August 31, 1948 in San Francisco, California) is the guitarist, leader and founding member of San Francisco cult band the Flamin’ Groovies. They are perhaps best remembered for their earlier songs Teenage Head and Slow Death, and their influential 1976 album Shake Some Action, produced by Dave Edmunds, and released on Sire Records. Jordan founded the band in 1965, playing with them until they disbanded in 1992. This year, the Flamin’ Groovies, including Jordan, Chris Wilson, George Alexander, and new member Victor Penalosa, reformed to play dates in Japan, Australia, London, New York, San Francisco and L.A.

Deke Dickerson

As an entertainer and musician, Deke Dickerson has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music, headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. As a writer and music historian, he is well known for his regular column in Guitar Player magazine and recently authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar, as unique in its design as its namesake. As a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, Deke has recorded songs that have been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows, and radio programs, from the Oscar-winning movie Sideways to HBO’s documentary Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana and the hugely popular XM satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan. For this last, Deke not only contributed background guitar music but was also interviewed and quoted by Bob Dylan.

Jake Austen

Jake Austen is editor of Roctober magazine and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Harper’s, Playboy, Spin, Ugly Things, Vice, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Reader. His books include Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip Hop (Norton, 2012), Flying Saucers Rock N Roll: Conversations with Unjustly Obscure Rock n Soul Eccentrics (Duke, 2011), and TV-A-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol (Chicago Review Press, 2005). Playground, his forthcoming collaboration with Paul Zone of the Fast, is a coffeetable book of photographs and stories from New York’s early 70s pre-punk scene that comes out in February. Since 1996 Austen and his wife, film scholar Jacqueline Stewart, have produced almost 1,000 episodes of Chic-A-Go-Go, their cable access all-ages dance show (on which Austen performs as Ratso, the puppet host.)

Dr. Jason Hanley

Dr. Jason Hanley is the Director of Education for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with a sub-emphasis in Composition from Stony Brook University, where he completed his dissertation entitled “Metal Machine Music: Technology, Noise, and Modernism in Industrial Music 1975-1996.” He has taught courses in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies at Hofstra University, Stony Brook University (including the Stony Brook Pre-College Program and the Humanities Institute), Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University.  Jason has published articles in books and journals on the topics of popular music, film music and music technology, and has delivered papers at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, Americana Music Association, Feminist Theory and Music and numerous other conferences.  Active in the music industry since 1988, Jason has played on, composed for, and produced numerous recordings and has performed live with many bands.  He continues to record with his current musical project Radiophonic (on Intentcity Records).  In 2009 he was a guest editor for a special issue on pedagogy for the Journal of Popular Music Studies where he currently serves as an editorial board member.  Hanley is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music where he has served many years as an executive committee member of the US branch.

Dr. Lauren Onkey

Dr. Lauren Onkey is the Vice President of Education and Public Programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Lauren holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She taught in the English department at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for fourteen years. While at Ball State, she taught courses in postcolonial literature, cultural studies and writing at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was the recipient of research fellowships at Oxford University and Boston College. She also served for five years as Director of Graduate Programs in English. She is currently appointed as a Presidential Fellow and teaches in the SAGES general education program at Case Western Reserve University, as well as rock history classes at Cleveland State University. In addition to teaching rock history, Lauren has taught units on popular music in cultural studies, literature, and women’s studies classes throughout her career. She has published Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity: Celtic Soul Brothers (Routledge 2009) and many essays and book chapters. She has also presented numerous papers at national and international literature, popular music studies, cultural studies, and pedagogy conferences.

Matt Sakakeeny

Matt Sakakeeny is a musician and professor of music at Tulane University. Matt has lived and worked in New Orleans since 1997. His research explores the intersection of music with race, economics, and politics, particularly in the performance of African American music. Matt has published in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, Contemporary Political Theory, and Current Musicology, and filed reports for public radio's All Things Considered, Marketplace, and WWOZ's Street Talk. Matt first moved to New Orleans as the co-producer of the public radio program American Routes and he continues to serve as Senior Contributing Producer.

Michael Hurtt

A guitarist and singer, Michael Hurtt is leader of Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts and a member of the garage band the Royal Pendletons. His music writing has appeared in Offbeat, Mojo, Spin, and the Metro Times, as well as numerous CD liner notes.

Michael Shelley

Michael Shelley has been a staff member at legendary freeform radio station WFMU for over 20 years. His Saturday morning show mixes deep cuts from the widest interpretation of popular music and in depth interviews with music makers of every stripe. When not on the radio, Michael works as a writer for The Rock & Roll Forever foundation, runs a tiny record label and plays music. Check out the archives of Michael's interviews with people like Solomon Burke, George Porter Jr., Emitt Rhodes, Joe South, Brian Wilson at wfmu.org/michael.