Travis Stimeling Obituary – Death: Director of Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands at West Virginia University is Dead
Travis Stimeling Obituary; Travis Stimeling, a musicology professor at West Virginia University and the organizer of courses on Appalachian music and studies, has away. Local media declared Travis Stimeling dead on Facebook today, Wednesday, November 15, 2023. There was no stated cause of death. His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.
Like many others in the musicology, country music studies, and bluegrass worlds, I have been struggling today to process the news that Travis Stimeling has passed away. I knew Travis for close to twenty years, collaborated with them on numerous projects and events, and counted them among my dearest friends. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever met someone else who combined such a brilliant mind with such an enormous heart. Travis was truly selfless, infinitely generous, continually supportive, and always thought of other people first no matter what they themselves might have been going through.
Who was Travis Stimeling?
At West Virginia University, Travis D. Stimeling held the positions of Director of Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands and Professor of Musicology. Well-known for his proficiency in Appalachian traditional music and commercial country,
Stimeling is a published author, with his most recent book, “Nashville Cats: Record Production in Music City,” published by Oxford University Press in 2020, among his many other works.
Among his other noteworthy works are “Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections” (West Virginia University Press, 2018) and “The Opioid Epidemic and U.S. Culture: Expression, Art, and Politics in an Age of Addiction” (West Virginia University Press, 2020).