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A Look Back at 2014, and What’s In Store for 2015

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Looking back on 2014, we want to express our gratitude for the warm reception you gave our latest releases.
Music critic Doug Deloach named Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia his album of the year.
New York record shop Other Music selected Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings 1947-1959 and Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious as two of their favorite releases of 2014.
Finally, Living Blues Magazine awarded Sorrow Come Pass Me Around the honor of Historical Album of the Year.

Hamrick Martin
Sadly, we lost two great men. Raymond Hamrick, a giant in the world of Sacred Harp singing and composition, and Ed Martin, one of the most supportive people we’ve ever come across in college and non-profit radio, both passed away. Be sure to read their memorials and keep their families and friends in your thoughts.

In January, David Keenan wrote a dual review of our two newest titles, Lead Kindly Light and Parchman Farm:

Lead Kindly Light and Parchman Farm reviewed in Wire

Italian music critic Seba Pezzani reviewed the Parchman Farm set, in which he states that based on what is currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri, this is an extremely topical work. He goes on to quote William Ferris: “This CD box captures both the grim conditions blacks faced in the nation’s most dreaded state penitentiary and the music that helped inmates survive its worlds. As we listen to these voices, we should never forget that black men still fill our nation’s prison cells and are killed on our streets in shocking numbers. For many black men today, the ‘Inside World’ of the penitentiary closely resembles life on the outside. These powerful recordings with inmates capture their anger, their protest, and their dreams through unforgettably beautiful music.”

Parchman Farm Italian Review

Musician Rayna Gellert offered a short and sweet review of Lead Kindly Light on Twitter:

Although Longing for the Past didn’t receive the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album, the set’s producers Lance Ledbetter and David Murray did get to meet Lemmy, which felt like a victory of sorts. We want to congratulate all the people with whom we’ve collaborated in the past who did take home awards: Susan Archie, Rosanne Cash (who won three!) and Michael Graves.

No trophy, but met Lemmy. Pretty great day at #grammys2015

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Looking ahead, Nathan Salsburg shared part of his essay from our forthcoming JB Smith set on the Oxford American website:

Jonathan Ward, compiler of Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM and Excavated Shellac: Strings talks about record collecting with Vinyl Asides:

For a look at the cover art of Ward’s forthcoming compilation, Excavated Shellac: Reeds and more releases that we have in the works, visit our newly-added Upcoming page.

Finally, the Making Pictures: Three for a Dime exhibit ends on Sunday February 15 at 6pm. If you’re in New York City this weekend visit Christian Berst Art Brut at 95 Rivington Street. It’s a great idea for Valentine’s Day!