Jeff Place - Birthplace of Country Music

Jeff Place

Jeff Place is the Curator and Senior Archivist for the Smithsonian Folklife Archives and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. He has produced and/or written liner notes for over 60 albums and box sets, garnering six Grammy nominations (two wins) and many Independent Music Awards. His projects have primarily been of traditional American music including Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, amongst others, along with the 1997 reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Along with CBS Radio’s national news anchor Sam Litzinger, Place has combed the Smithsonian archives and taken advantage of the presence of interesting visitors to present songs and stories from the Smithsonian vaults.