Trax on the Trail is a website where scholars, educators, journalists, students, and the general public can learn about American presidential campaign music and gain insight into how sound participates in forming candidate identity.
Our interdisciplinary team includes academic experts from the fields of political science, musicology, sociology, history, communications, and ethnomusicology, as well as industry professionals and students. Although the 2016 presidential campaign has concluded, our site will stay active. We will continue to build our campaign song database and periodically post essays and teaching resources that address the creative use of music and sound on the campaign trail.
Check out Trax contributor Mark Harvey's new book Celebrity Influence: Politics, Persuasion, and Issue-Based Advocacy
Want to learn more about campaign music? See our digital lecture: Songs in the Key of President C: A Short History of Music on the Campaign Trail
Check out the American Music special issue on Music and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign, featuring the work of Trax contributors!
What is Trax on the Trail? Check out our promo video!
Trax on the Trail featured in the Georgia College State of the University Address!
**The opinions expressed on Trax on the Trail are strictly those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Georgia College.**