Dr. Christopher Reali

Christopher M. Reali holds a Ph.D. in musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill, a MA in musicology from Hunter College (CUNY), a MS in music education from Queens College (CUNY), and a BA from New York University. His dissertation, “Making Music in Muscle Shoals,” explains how and why the music recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, became integral to the sound and culture of 1960s and ‘70s America. Dr. Reali has presented at numerous conferences including the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Converse College Conference on Southern Culture. His published work appears in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Southern Cultures recently published his article that highlights the contributions of session musicians in Muscle Shoals. Dr. Reali’s research interests include American popular music, African American music, and the music industry. He has also toured the United States, Canada, and Western Europe as a guitar technician and tour manager with several well-known musicians.