Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams

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NEW TITLE COMING NOVEMBER 11

Our label’s inaugural release, 2003’s Goodbye, Babylon, included two recordings by a mysterious gospel musician from Texas named Washington Phillips, who died in 1954. After fielding inquires about the hauntingly beautiful songs from listeners around the world, in 2013, we checked in with Michael Corcoran, the leading researcher on Phillips, to see if any new information had been uncovered. Indeed, Michael had some leads, but he would need a working budget to track them down. Three years later, after combing through various archives and talking with the last surviving people from the Simsboro-area who remembered Phillips, we now know the name of Phillips’ homemade instrument (the Manzarene); when, where and how he died; and many anecdotes about what his life was like.

We are excited to share this story in Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, a new book by Corcoran accompanied by recordings made by Phillips between 1927-29. To ensure a superior listening experience, we tracked down the most pristine original copies of Phillips’ 78-rpm records, created high resolution transfers and had the audio expertly remastered for the best-sounding Phillips reissue to date. Hear the sublime, hypnotic and ethereal music of Washington Phillips in clarity like never before!

LISTEN TO A TRACK AND PRE-ORDER THE DIGITAL ALBUM + BOOK

 

PRE-ORDER A PHYSICAL COPY TO BE SHIPPED THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER

UPCOMING EVENTS

Brother Claude Ely Day at the Cincinnati Library – September 10, 2016 at 1pm 
The Cincinnati Public Library in conjunction with Xavier University will be celebrating King Records 73rd Anniversary with “Brother Claude Ely Day.” The event will include a brief lecture by Dr. Macel Ely II, great nephew to Brother Claude Ely, who wrote the artist and preacher’s official biography, Ain’t No Grave, published by Dust-to-Digital in 2011. There will also be various musical groups performing songs originally written and recorded by Brother Claude Ely. If you’re in the area tomorrow be sure to stop by and enrich your day. 

The American Folklife Center at Forty – September 12-13, 2016 
Collections, Collaborations & Connections Symposium: As part of its ongoing 40th Anniversary celebrations, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present “Collections, Collaborations & Connections,” a free public symposium. The panels will highlight the Center’s unparalleled collections and explore innovative approaches to cultural documentation. Dust-to-Digital’s Lance Ledbetter will be in attendance and participating in the symposium. Please join us for what promises to be an engaging experience.