Among the many interesting and valuable music history websites, I can fully recommend a visit to the following - all by or about people I know well or have worked with.
BACM - Archive of Country Music
(This list is by no means complete yet)
And if you want to get right back to the original roots of recorded music, you'll need to check out these record dealers:
LISTEN TO SLIM HARPO - talking
about his early life and influences......Click here - when I can figure out how to upload it.
Research into rock music history -
Rock 'n ' roll and roots - books and CDs about country, blues, R&B and the like.
Here's where I talk about what I'm currently working on, what I've got for sale, and some of the links to interesting things I recommend.
watch this space, as they say...
RECENT EVENTS: 2017
August 14 2017 - 7 pm (UK)
Paul Jones blues show, BBC radio 2 - talking about Slim Harpo
RECENT EVENTS: 2016
re. Slim Harpo
October 27 to November 3 - Book promotion tour of Louisiana, Mississippi and Memphis.
I am currently preparing a list of several hundred 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs that will shortly be for sale.
Rather than sell them individually, I would rather sell them all together, or at least all in each category. Buyer to collect in southern England.
Anyone wanting to see the lists can contact me now.
I'm currently working on three music-related projects. They're big ones, but they have serious deadlines so you may see them soon.
'Live at the Louisiana Hayride' - this is a 20 CD (yes, twenty) boxed set of CDs to be issued by Bear Family Records in the late fall 2017. It contains extracts from the 'Louisiana Hayride,' a three-hour Saturday night country and folk music stage show in Shreveport, Louisiana, that was broadcast live weekly over radio KWKH between 1948 and 1960, with occasional shows in later years.
As well as the stars of the show, including Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton and practically every country singer who passed through Louisiana and Texas on tour in the 1950s, including June Carter, Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb. You'll be able to hear all the locally-based and often under-rated artists including James O'Gwynn, Jimmy Lee and Johnny Mathis, Frankie Miller, Werly Fairburn, Betty Amos, Claude King, Margie Singleton, as well as folks like Dee Mullin, Carla Cates, Marlene Allen, and others who were briefly legends in their home towns.
You'll also hear a CD of commercial discs cut in the KWKH radio studios, many of which were country hits of the day.
'The Memphis Blues Box' - a set of CDs containing all the best blues music recorded in Memphis by Memphis-area singers and musicians from 1927 right through to the 1970s when the days of the 78 and 45 rpm single disc ended. Due out in 2018.
'Tennessee Troubadours' - a book collecting together many of my unpublished and formerly-published but much updated interviews and features on musicians who criss-crossed the mid-South and beyond in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Due out in 2017/2018.