Dale Cockrell, a specialist in American popular music, is Professor Emeritus of Musicology at Vanderbilt University and a Research Associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa). He is the author of fourteen books and editions in addition to many articles and reviews. He is also the founder of The Pa’s Fiddle Project, an educational program dedicated to recording the music of the Little House books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them. Professor Cockrell has received many major grants and awards and was recently honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Society for American Music. He lives in Vermont and also spends happy time with his wife Lucinda and dog Enkidu in their New York pied-à-terre.