American Roots Music - Lecture & Concert
A Lecture concert by the Frontier Culture Museum staff, Zac Bell, on the origins of American roots music in the 19th century. See how this quintessentially American music genre was born from the traditions of the different immigrant groups that came to call the frontier home in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Zac Bell was born in Missouri, but moved to Virginia with his family when he was young. He came from a musical family going back generations. Growing up, most people in the family either played fiddle, banjo, or guitar. Music and song was common at family gatherings. Later in life, he received an education in sound engineering from The Recording Workshop in Ohio. He also apprenticed at Sterling Banjo Co. in Afton, VA. Zac came to the Frontier Culture Museum around 6 years ago as a part-time musician but has been on full-time staff as an historical interpreter since 2019. He specializes in historical music and folklore, with his main focus being British Isles music and history.