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Bassist-producer Norbert Putnam speaks to USM students

Norbert Putnam (top left) speaks to USM students in the recording studio at College Hall on the Southern Miss campus Friday. Norbert Putnam (top left) speaks to USM students in the recording studio at College Hall on the Southern Miss campus Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Famed bassist-producer Norbert Putnam was in Hattiesburg Friday to speak to Southern Miss students in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Putnam, 71, has worked with artists such as Elvis Presley, Jimmy Buffet and Joan Baez.

Putnam spoke to about one dozen students at the recording studio in College Hall about working with Presley and other artists and gave some tips about recording bass guitars and other instruments.

Putnam will work with students periodically during the next year as a distinguished visiting lecturer.

"I love this, this is my favorite thing to do, because (students are) ready for it, they're looking for it and they're going to go out and do it," Putnam said.

"It's wonderful just to hear his stories and his history, just to see how he's come into the industry," said Connor Holland, a junior majoring in entertainment industry management.

"Everything that I'm learning about today is really new to me, so, it makes me really really excited about the future and starting my own path to a career," said Miranda Mixon, a freshman majoring in entertainment industry and production.   

"I think the next time he comes down he'll oversee a recording session with some of our students, conduct master classes," said Chris Campbell, Ph.D., director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss. "And so, this first visit was just a chance to come and see what we've got going on and meet some students and faculty," he said.  

Putnam also oversaw the development of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University and also consulted with other universities in Tennessee.

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