Premiere country music historian and former Tulane professor Bill C. Malone, the voice of the history of country music in Ken Burns's new docu-series Country Music, and author of the definative book on the topic, COUNTRY MUSIC USA , will return to New Orleans January 23 rd to share his story and journey, while providing a little accompanying music for the audience. Of Burns's PBS 12-part documentary, Rolling Stone Magazine suggested that it "might well be the most ambitious, culturally resonant music documentary ever made." Widely recognized as the ranking senior authority on the genre, Bill C. Malone is an author, musician, and noted historian of traditional American music. His seminal work, COUNTRY MUSIC USA , was the first definitive -- and still stands as the most authoritative -- academic history on the subject, launching the study of the art form and opening the field to hundreds of historians in its wake. As writer Larry McMurtry wrote, "If anyone knows more about the subject than [Malone] does, God help them." Joining Malone will be NPR veteran Gwen Thompkins , host of WWNO's Music Inside Out , holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and a longtime student of music from around the world; Dr Patrick Maney , professor emeritus of modern American history at Boston College; and Dr. Bruce Rayburn , former director of Tulane's Hogan Jazz Archives, with musical accompaniment by Pat Flory . Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; first come, first seated. Following the presentation, Bill Malone will sign copies of Country Music USA: 50th Anniversary Edition , which Octavia Books will have on hand, available for purchase at the event. Immersed in country music since his birth, Bill C. Malone has been both a scholar and a performer of the music for decades. On the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Country Music USA in 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music. His other books include Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class, Southern Music/American Music, and Sing Me Back Home: Southern Roots and Country Music. Sponsored by the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and the Department of History & Philosophy, University of New Orleans.