Joe Dan Boyd
Joe Dan Boyd was born and reared on a farm near Winnsboro, Texas, where he attended high school and now has offices on land he once tilled. At Texas A&M, Joe Dan earned a bachelor’s in agricultural journalism. Later, he earned a master’s in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, where he pioneered the first discography and analysis of American farm songs. He also collected field recordings of shape note singing among African-American songsters which led to his book, Judge Jackson and The Colored Sacred Harp.