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Folksongs of Another America

Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946

Hardcover, 456-page book with 5 CDs + DVD
To be released on August 7

Armed with bulky microphones, blank disks, spare needles, and cumbersome disk-cutting machines, several folklorists had the foresight to document and preserve a significant but overlooked part of the nation’s musical heritage, made by immigrant, Native American, rural and working-class performers. Almost all of these dance tunes, ballads, lyric songs, hymns, laments, versified taunts, political anthems, street cries, and recitations are being issued for the very first time.

This 5-CD set is teeming with African-American, Austrian, Belgian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French Canadian, German, Ho-Chunk, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Irish, Italian, Luxemburger, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Oneida, Polish, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Swedish, Swiss, and Welsh performers.

Bonus DVD includes the new documentary film The Most Fertile Source: Alan Lomax Goes North with never-before-seen footage shot in Michigan in 1938. The accompanying book includes extensive liner notes, lyric transcriptions and translations by James P. Leary, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Listen to Audio from the set on our Soundcloud page
Pre-Order Folksongs of Another America for $60 (ships late July)
Pre-Order  Folksongs of Another America and Ola Belle Reed set for $80

Ola Belle Reed + Friends

Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line

Clothbound, 256-page book with 2 CDs
To be released on August 21

“What do you do when different musical forms come into a kind of fusion of what today is called old-time music, country music, and the folk song revival? I think that story is in Ola Belle.” – Henry Glassie

Dust-to-Digital is excited to present the first in-depth look at the life of Ola Belle Reed, a groundbreaking artist who is one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, old-time music. Ola Belle Reed’s 1960s recordings, some of the earliest she ever made and available here for the very first time, are counter-balanced by a disc of modern-day field recordings of her descendants and those within her Appalachian community that she inspired. This deluxe edition highlights Ola Belle’s deep repertoire – folk ballads, minstrel songs, country standards, and originals – and traces the impact her music made and is still making today with 58 newly-remastered recordings and texts by Henry Glassie and Cliff Murphy.

Listen to Audio from the set on our Soundcloud page
Pre-Order the Ola Belle Reed set for $35 (ships late July)
Pre-Order Ola Belle Reed set and Folksongs of Another America for $80