Eddie Huffman moved to Nashville last September with his wife Sarah and their two-year old daughter, Katie, to be near family (Sarah is a native Middle Tennessean). He is extremely happy to join the IBMA staff as Technology and Office Systems Manager, and he is dedicated to working hard for the bluegrass community.
Eddie has studied bluegrass, old-time string band music, and oral tradition in the American South for nearly a decade. He earned a Master of Arts in Folklore and was working on his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to relocating to Nashville. Along with his graduate research, Eddie worked as an assistant editor on several traditional arts documentaries and also participated in heritage tourism initiatives of the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council. Most recently, he and a colleague curated Carolina Rhythm Roads, a compilation CD to accompany a guidebook to the rich African American musical heritage of eastern North Carolina.
Prior to graduate studies, Eddie worked as an engineer, developing hardware and software diagnostics for a telecommunications equipment manufacturer. Most recently, he made hula hoops for Discount Hoop Supplies, a small family business in East Nashville. The opportunity to join the IBMA team allows him to draw on his diverse background to fulfill his passion—contributing to the vitality of the bluegrass world and the wider music and arts community in Nashville and beyond.