Joe Bussard’s Country Classics

Joe Bussard’s Country Classics airs every Friday from 5-6pm on WREK 91.1 FM in Atlanta. Underwritten by Dust-to-Digital since July 2004, the show features American roots music from Joe’s collection of rare 78rpm records.

Letters from Fans

“You’ve been such a big help to younger people like myself who really could use a guide in better understanding the history of American music. The show really means a lot. Keep up the great work! And keep hunting!”

“I just want to say thank you so much for sharing your collection with everyone. With my interest and appreciation in old time country, blues, and gospel you have certainly been an indispensable guide and have proven to me at least anyway that the American spirit is still out there for anyone willing to pay attention.”

“If you haven’t ever heard Country Classics with Joe Bussard, you’ve been missing out. Joe draws from his extensive collection of 78’s and puts on one most the most entertaining and informative shows of American Music out there. From string bands to country blues, jazz to bluegrass and gospel, he plays some of the best songs you’ll ever hear. If your a fan of real American music straight from the 78’s then check it out. Dust to Digital has done a great job with the show making it one of the best podcasts you’ll ever hear. Simply put, you just can’t hear this stuff anywhere else. This podcast is a national treasure.”

“Joe just wanted to let you know I’ve been listening and Country Classics for about 5 years or so now. Listen in every week and me and my family enjoy it.”

“My husband and I love to listen to your shows on our sleep-late Saturdays. We get the episodes off itunes and then listen to them in the mornings. It has become something of a tradition for us and Saturday is not the same without hearing your show. We like the jazz so much and cannot help but move around when we hear it! I wonder if you have the same problem sitting still when you play those awesome tunes. Thanks for keeping this music safe so younger generations can know music that flows with the sweat and joy of actual human beings and not computers and other machines.”

“Hey there brother, just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I really enjoy the program. My truck has no a/c and listening to the show is the only thing that keeps me smiling on the way to work. Used to listen to old 78’s with my granddad when I was a kid and hearing them now is a real treat so thank you very much and keep playing ’em. I’ll be listening every friday!”

“I listen to A LOT of radio shows online and just wanted to say that yours has become my favorite. Thanks for your work and the music!”

“I’m at work listening to the WREK archive of your program from this past Friday night. I just want to say thank you and to let you know how much I enjoy your program.”

“I enjoy sharing the music with my 9-year-old daughter. We love music and we listen to a lot of blues, bluegrass and jazz.”

“Found your show by way of Dust to Digital and just love it!”

“I live in the city of Antwerp, in Belgium (Europe). I love your passion for music and listen to your show every week on the internet.”

“When I’m on the way home from work in friday afternoon traffic your show takes me to a better place and to a simpler time. You display a thorough appreciation and knowledge for the tunes you play and you have an honest voice.”

“What a joy to hear your voice, as I am well acquainted with your work from the documentary “Desperate Man Blues”, (I cherish my copy of that movie), and also the credits on several of the “old time” CDs I have. I know I will never have a collection like yours or anywhere near the knowledge that you hold, but I sure do share that passion, your unbridled passion is infectious. Thank You.”

“I watched Desperate Man Blues last year, found your show (via podcast) not long after that, and have been listening ever since. I’ve been listening to old blues and jazz for many, many years, and I’m amused now to discover that your name is on many of my old Yazoo LPs. Your show is an education in old-time music — I love it. Your enthusiasm, so visible in Desperate Man Blues, comes across loud and clear on my iPod. I asked my wife, ‘If he’s like this now, what was he like when he was younger?’ Her answer was ‘Exactly the same!'”

“Caught your show for the first time and it is absolutely fantastic!!! Keep it up and as always keep the Bill Monroe coming!”

“Just listening to your show in the pouring rain on my way to work in Manchester England. Thanks for bringing a ray of sunshine to a cold and wet Manchester morning. I am outside our Town Hall listening to red hen boogie which was available over here in the early eighties on an album called Hillbilly Rock
which was one of the first I bought and got me hooked on old music. Love Desperate Man Blues. Makes me smile every time I watch it. Good to see such a great archive being created and enjoyed.”

“I recently stumbled upon your show and am now completely hooked. Thanks for all the great energy and rhythm! My toes are tappin and my head’s a boppin.”

“perpetually in awe of your awesome record collection.”

“This is one of the finest programs running on the Atlanta air waves.”

“For many years been listening and enjoying Country Classics. Thanks for the music and all your hard work.”

“I live in Kitchener, Ontario; as I write this, I am watching the tail end of “Desperate Man Blues,” and my two-year old daughter has been dancing non-stop to the music in the film :)”

“We’ve been enjoying Country Classics and wanted to let you know. Keep up the good work and great music. Thanks for all you do. I’ve been enjoying the Fahey set on Dust to Digital!”

“Wow, just stumbled on your show. I’m in San Francisco, Cali and now you guys have got loyal fan! Keep spinning the real deal!”

“Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful radio show, which I have discovered on podcast. Living in Perth Western Australia it’s not easy to find this marvelous music here. I will be yet another fan making this voyage of discovery.”

“I am grateful that you have taken the responsibility of preserving this music and sharing it with young people like myself who would have probably never heard it.”