Events

Folksongs of Another AmericaAugust 7, 2015 (official release date)
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Format: Hardcover book + 5 CDs and a DVD
Authored and compiled by James P. Leary, Folksongs of Another America is a hardcover, 456-page book with 5 CDs + DVD and is a co-publication with University of Wisconsin Press.

“Who knew that the songs of Wisconsin lumberjacks were as odd and singular as the stuff being made in Appalachia or the Mississippi delta?” – Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times


Ola Belle ReedAugust 21, 2015 (official release date)
Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line
Format: Hardcover book + 2 CDs
Authored and compiled by Henry Glassie, Cliff Murphy and Douglas Peach, Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line is a hardcover, 256-page book with 2 CDs and is a co-publication with Maryland State Arts Council and Indiana University.

“Ola Belle Reed is a performer with a shadow legacy, one that has far outstripped the availability of her work on record. Her songs have become an essential thread in the tapestry of contemporary bluegrass/folk music, and her influence radiates out in multiple directions.” – Ben Child, Pop Matters


Excavated Shellac: ReedsOctober 2, 2015 (official release date)
Excavated Shellac: Reeds
Format: CD / LP / Digital
Reed instruments are capable of some of the most impassioned music on the planet, all due to the malleability of the reeds, themselves—historically made of plant tissue – which vibrate when air hits them. The origin of most reed instruments is steeped in rural, pastoral culture. Many insistent, loud, often joyful, reed instruments have always been played outdoors as traditional accompaniment for dancing and celebrations.
This compelling album is the second volume in the Excavated Shellac release series, featuring rare, never-before issued 78rpm records from around the world, centered on a unique theme. This release examines some of the most intense and hypnotic music set to disc during the early years of international recording, all featuring reed instruments.


Excavated Shellac: StringsOctober 2, 2015 (official release date)
Excavated Shellac: Strings 
Format: CD
Mesmerizing performances from the four corners of the world played on stringed instruments and recorded and released 78rpm records circa 1920-1950. Featuring fiddles, shamisen, charango, Paraguyan harp, Indian vina, Lebanese oud, Persian violin, Vietnamese moon guitar, and more. All previously unreleased on CD, with three bonus tracks not available on the now out-of-print LP. All records have been carefully transferred and mastered and are presented with extensive liner notes by Jonathan Ward.


The Year of JubiloOctober 16, 2015 (official release date)
Joe Bussard Presents: The Year of Jubilo – 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War
Format: CD / Digital
Legendary collector, Joe Bussard is putting records out once again! After closing down the last 78rpm label in the US (RIP Fonotone Records 1956-1974), Joe had relegated his efforts to promoting old-time music by making cassette tapes for people hungry to hear his rare treasures. But last year, Joe and his daughter Susannah Anderson had the idea to produce a compilation of Civil War tunes and they rang the office of Dust-to-Digital to gauge interest in distributing such a compilation. It was an easy decision for DTD, mainly because Joe’s always been there for us so it was time to partner together once again.


Fonotone RecordsOctober 16, 2015 (official release date)
Fonotone Records: Frederick, Maryland (1956-1969)
Format: Digital
After spending his early years soaking up the sound of thousands of 78 rpm discs, record collector Joe Bussard decided in 1956 to make some recordings of a few guitar-picking pals in his local National Guard unit. Little did Bussard know that his hobby would turn into a 14 year odyssey which would result in hundreds of custom-made 78 rpm records to be issued on his own Fonotone label out of his parents’ basement in Frederick, Maryland.


Folksongs of Another AmericaNovember 12, 2015
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Location: Memorial Library, 728 State St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Talk and film Screening with Jim Leary at the University of Wisconsin Library at 6:30 pm. Jim’s talk will be followed by a screening of the publication’s accompanying 25-minute documentary film, Alan Lomax Goes North, co-produced with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


Joe Bussard Event
YEAR OF JUBILO
DC Record Release Parties: With Joe Bussard spinning vinyl and tales:

Friday, November 13, 2015
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Wes Merchant & Friends performing traditional tunes, 6:30pm
@ Record Exchange in Frederick
151 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

Saturday, November 14, 2015
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Bailes Family Band* performing traditional tunes, 7:00pm
@ Record Exchange in Silver Spring
8642 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910


Rawhead & BloodybonesNovember 20, 2015 (official release date)
Brian Harnetty – Rawhead & Bloodybones 
Format: CD / Digital
Rawhead & Bloodybones deftly spins together sampled Appalachian folk tales and field recordings with newly composed music. The album focuses on folk tales mostly told by children and recorded in the 1940s. The tales are humorous, gruesome, and full of meaning and character. They are weaved together with archival samples and newly composed instrumental parts. The combination of the youthful voices and often-grisly tales offer a strikingly beautiful contrast.


Folksongs of Another AmericaMarch 31, 2016
Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
Location: Ferguson Hall, 2106 S 4th St, Minneapolis MN
Talk and film Screening with Jim Leary at the University of Minnesota at 4:00 pm. Jim’s talk will be followed by a screening of the publication’s accompanying 25-minute documentary film, Alan Lomax Goes North, co-produced with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.