Kip Lornell

Kip Lornell has taught courses in American Music & Ethnomusicology at the George Washington University since 1992 and has published 14 books focused on various topics in American vernacular music, with books about Texas Blues and D.C. Bluegrass slated for publication in 2018.

From 1988–1990 Professor Lornell was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, working with Anthony Seeger at Smithsonian/Folkways recordings. His awards include the 1993 ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (co-authored with Charles Wolfe), a 1997 Grammy for co-authoring the program notes for the “Anthology of American Folk Music” (Smithsonian/Folkways).

For five years he served as a judge for ARSC book awards (2007-2011) and currently on the Grammy Crafts Committee for “Liner Notes” and “Historical Reissues” (2000-2017). He is also a member of the NARAS Blue Ribbon Panel for Lifetime Achievement and Trustee Awards.