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Hi, I’m Lydia Warren, a musician and scholar based in Memphis, Tennessee. I received a PhD in music from the University of Virginia in 2021, a BA in music from Smith College and a Five College Consortium Certificate in Ethnomusicology in 2014, and an AS in music from Middlesex Community College in 2011. Prior to and during my studies, I worked as a full-time internationally-touring musician (guitar and voice).

My areas of expertise are American music, music-based tourism, racial and economic inequity in music, and museums. I currently work in grantwriting at the University of Memphis and I am a Fellow at Tourism Reset. I am also a card-carrying member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

You can purchase my newest release, a cassette tape called Waves, here.

Upcoming Performances and Talks

April 16- Hernando’s Hideaway (Lydia is the guest host of the blues jam), 5-8pm, Memphis, TN
April 23- Cooper Young PorchFest (1962 Evelyn Ave), 1pm, Memphis, Tennessee (free & outdoors)
April 24- Lydia with Brimstone Jones, 3-6pm, Lafayette’s, Memphis, TN
May 6- South Main Sounds, 7pm, Memphis, TN
May 10- Writers in the Round at Lamplighter Lounge with Treespots and Kacee Russell, 9pm, Memphis, TN
May 21- Hernando’s Hideaway (Lydia is the guest host of the blues jam), 4-7pm, Memphis, TN
May 22- Lydia with Brimstone Jones, 3-6pm, Lafayette’s, Memphis, TN
May 25- Women in Memphis Music at B-Side (with band), 8pm, Memphis, TN

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