Category Archives: Roots

R&B Guitarist Mickey Baker RIP

  Mickey Baker, (real name McHouston Baker) died on November 27th, aged 87 in Montastruc-la-Conseill√®re, near Toulouse in southwestern France. He was one of the great rhythm and blues guitarists – with a career spanning over five decades. Baker was … Continue reading

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The Story of Dust-to-Digital and Art Rosenbaum

A couple of times a year, Lance Ledbetter and his wife, April, gather friends at their Atlanta home to assemble a few thousand small wooden boxes and stuff them with raw Georgia cotton, a 200-page book of liner notes, and … Continue reading

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Robert Johnson 78rpm Turns Up In Pile Of LPs

A copy of Robert Johnson’s ‘I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom’ on Vocalion turned up in a pile of vinyl albums bought by a Pittsburgh record store owner Jerry¬†Weber last week. Weber gave the seller gave – a man he … Continue reading

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Live Dylan gigs and radio broadcasts from 1960 – 1961

Retailing at around ¬£7, a new four CD set of ¬†live Bob Dylan performances and radio broadcasts recorded in 1960 and 1961 is due out this month. Included are the 1961 gigs at Minneapolis, Bonnie Beecher’s Apartment and New York’s … Continue reading

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Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll

This new biography of Lonnie Donegan by Patrick Humphries ¬†is described as “a work of deep research and dedication” and “the story of the man who arguably kick-started the British rock and roll scene and remains one of the most … Continue reading

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Samuel and Ann Charters Archives of Blues and Vernacular African American Musical Culture

Blues & Rhythm Magazine has been running an extensive series of interviews with record producer and archivist Sam Charters by Hasse Andreasson and Hans Schweitz recently. Here is a short video of the Samuel and Ann Charters Archives of Blues … Continue reading

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Last Blind Blake Paramount Found In Flea Market

Old Hat Records have announced the discovery of Paramount 13115, ¬†one of the 42 Blind Blake records issued by Paramount between 1926 and 1932 –¬†only this disc remained unknown to collectors until now. The record was found at a flea … Continue reading

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Return of ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ of Record Collecting

On October 16th, Yazoo Records will release a collection of early country and blues recordings, with the illustrious 2-CD set, ‘The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of’. This ¬†is a follow up to Yazoo‚Äôs lauded 2006 recording, … Continue reading

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Skiffle In The UK – The BBC Need Help!

Lorna Skingley at the BBC is looking for help!¬†She is currently working on a new radio documentary series called ‚ÄėThe People‚Äôs Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records‚Äô to be broadcast next year on BBC Radio 2.¬† The … Continue reading

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Singer, songwriter and session man Joe South dies

Joe South, who had massive hits in the 1960s and 1970s such as ‘Games People Play’ and ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ died on September 6th aged 72. He suffered a heart attack. South, whose real name was Joseph … Continue reading

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