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New Release from the Record Collection of Joe Bussard

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Joe Bussard presents:

The Year of Jubilo

78 RPM Recordings of

Songs from the Civil War

Joe Bussard, a lifelong lover of old-time music, is famous for his passion for finding and preserving old 78 RPM discs, his hospitality to visitors who want to hear them, and his generosity in making them available for reissue so that they can be enjoyed by succeeding generations.

Since we met him almost 20 years ago, Joe has contributed records from his collection to over a dozen Dust-to-Digital titles. In 2005, we issued recordings that he made in the Fonotone Records box set and released a documentary about his life titled Desperate Man Blues. We have underwritten his radio show Country Classics in Atlanta since 2004 and have made it available as a free podcast for the last eight years.

To say that we are fans of Joe and his contribution to saving so many rare recordings would be an understatement. When Joe and his daughter Susannah contacted us last year with the idea to produce a compilation of Civil War tunes it was an easy decision for us to make. The tracks selected for this album were hand-picked by Joe and are his favorite renditions of songs from the Civil War era.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Click here for a complete tracklist and to order a copy.


The Grammy-nominated Fonotone Records box set has been out of print for several years, but we are pleased that it is now available digitally for the first time.
Along with the 131 tracks of audio is the 160-page PDF of the book that accompanied the physical version.


In the October / November 2015 edition of Garden and Gun Magazine, there is an insightful article about Joe Bussard by Logan Ward. You can read about Joe and see photos of some of the archival materials housed in his Frederick, Maryland home.