Richard Kubetz Photographs and Papers, 1975-2012
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Brief Description: Consists of photographic prints, slides, press clippings, interviews, and sound recordings documenting the bluegrass music scene of the Urbana-Champaign, Illinois community between 1975 and 2012 with a special focus on the early music career of Alison Krauss and the band, Union Station.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 12/9/149
Created by: Richard Kubetz
Volume: 0.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 03/22/2016.
Arrangement: Organized by type of material and then arranged chronologically thereunder.
Biographical Note for Richard Kubetz : Richard Kubetz (January 1, 1954 - ) a University of Illinois graduate and employee, is a marketing and communications specialist with ties to the Urbana-Champaign, IL music scene. Kubetz graduated from the University in 1976 with a bachelor of science in Communications, Radio, and Television, then returned to the university to earn a masters degree in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in 2010. A musician himself (primarily guitar, but also piano, tuba, mandolin, bass, and drums), Kubetz participated (primarily as a writer) in the Urbana-Champaign bluegrass music scene, beginning in the late-1970s. In addition to working for the C-U Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prairie Production group during the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote about and photographed a number of musicians in the area, including singers Megon McDonough and David Roth. In the late 1980s Kubetz interviewed a young Alison Krauss and her band Union Station, local musicians who had just been awarded a Nashville recording session by winning the Kentucky Fried Chicken Bluegrass Music Festival. Kubetz was introduced to Alison by her father, who he met at a local Kiwanis club. His interview with the emerging musician and her band was published in Bluegrass Unlimited in 1990. Kubetz also wrote and distributed newletters for  C.V. Lloyde, a music store in Champaign.
Subject Index
Bluegrass Music
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Genres/Forms of Material
Sound Recordings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Richard Kubetz  Donation