/banjo-itis/ adjective That ringing in the ears that comes from prolonged exposure to the high pitched plunking of strings stretched over catskin. There is no known cure. MerleFest is a joyous annual celebration of old-time high and […]
Summer might be a time when the rest of the world slows down and tries to catch up with itself, but not the publishing world. Since April and May, publishers have been releasing their fall 2018 catalogs, whose pages are […]
I’d never heard of the Ru-Jac label until Omnivore Records bought its assets and began reissuing material from its vaults last year. Chances are, you still aren’t familiar with this Baltimore-based soul/R&B company, which operated primarily from 1963 until the […]
Finally Together – The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Three – 1966-1967 Changes – The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Four – 1967-1980 The Baltimore-based Ru-Jac label, a long-time favorite of in-the-know collectors, is finally getting its historical due. Omnivore began digging […]
For the past year, Stax Records has been busy sifting through their aural archives, pouring out dusty treasures from the vault. This latest compilation of box sets contains 145 cuts on 6 CDs featuring rare singles and B-sides from the […]
Something Got A Hold On Me – The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One: 1963-1964 Get Right – The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Two: 1964–1966 The Baltimore-based Ru-Jac label, a long-time favorite of in-the-know collectors, is finally getting its historical due. […]
Smokey and the Bandit was originally developed by stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham as a cheap B-movie with singer-actor Jerry Reed as the star. But with the signing of box office dynamo Burt Reynolds, Reed was demoted to second banana, Universal quintupled […]
By the numbers: 20 CDs featuring more than 167 acts performing more than 500 songs, clocking in at more than 25 hours of recordings packaged in a heavy-duty box with a deeply detailed and spectacularly illustrated 224 page book, altogether […]
In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry started up a radio program from Nashville that allowed the rural community access to some of their favorite string pullin’, family harmonizin’, good ol’ boys and girls, filling the air waves with all the […]
Ralph Peer—a record producer and engineer, talent scout, and music publisher whose death in 1960 ended a half-century career—reminds me of John Hammond, Sr. Like Hammond, who championed artists ranging from Billie Holiday and Robert Johnson to Bob Dylan and […]
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