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Country music pioneer featured at DeGruson lecture

October 02, 2009 12:00AM

A southeast Kansas musician and songwriter who had a powerful influence on the evolution of country music will be the topic of the 12th annual Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture at Pittsburg State University.

Carson Robison, a songwriter, guitarist and singer with more than 280 song credits to his name, will be the topic of the lecture, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Special Collections area of Axe Library. During his life, Robison was an influence on entertainers such as Gene Autrey, Will Rogers and Gene Austin, and was one of the pioneers in developing modern country music.

The lecture "Cowboy Heaven: Carson Robison and His Influence on Modern Country and Western Music," will be presented by John Kendrick, a recent PSU graduate (MA '09) and expert on the life and career of Robison. Alva McNeely, board member of the Marmaton Chapter of the Kansas Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, will perform as well.

For more information, contact Jane Victor or Bob Walter at 620-235-4886.

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