REMASTERED GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS RELEASED
Join the Band is a collection of Georgia Sea Island Singers' first stereo recordings, made by Alan Lomax in 1959 and 1960, and it showcases their utterly unique hymns, spirituals, ring shouts, and work songs. More
LOMAX AROUND THE WORLD 1947 - 1982
The Alan Lomax Collection from the American Folklife Center, compiled by Don Fleming, Executive Director of the Alan Lomax Archive, highlights 16 songs from Lomax's U.S and international field-recording collections. More
ALAN LOMAX IN ASTURIAS, 1952: THE END OF EVERYTHING
Alan Lomax visited Asturias, in northwestern Spain, in the autumn of 1952. While the regime of the dictator Franco was then threatening the traditional expressive diversity of regional Spain in its quixotic quest for a unified national identity, Lomax's recordings succeeded in painting a portrait of a thriving Asturian musical culture. More
GLOBAL JUKEBOX RELEASES EARLIEST FRED MCDOWELL RECORDINGS
The Alan Lomax Archive's Global Jukebox imprint is pleased to announce the release of Fred McDowell: The Alan Lomax Recordings. These are the very first recordings made of Fred McDowell: before the folk festivals and blues clubs, before "Mississippi" was inserted in front of his name, before the Rolling Stones covered his "You Got To Move." They're the sound of the music Fred played on his porch, at picnics, and juke joints; with his friends and family; occasionally for money but always for pleasure. Freshly remastered from 24-bit digital transfers of Alan Lomax's original tapes, and annotated by Arhoolie Records's Adam Machado and the Alan Lomax Archive's Nathan Salsburg, they are an illustration of the mind-blowing revelation that was Fred McDowell. More
INTRODUCING GLOBAL JUKEBOX, AN INDEPENDENT MUSIC LABEL FROM THE ALAN LOMAX ARCHIVE
Thousands of hours of international field recordings housed in the Alan Lomax Archive will now reach audiences through Global Jukebox, the Archive's first independent music imprint. Global Jukebox will produce LPs, CDs and digital albums in partnership with other folkloric institutions, record labels, university presses, along with the global reach of the digital distributor IODA. These releases will engage and inspire audiences around the world with the ever-vital work that Alan Lomax documented, and help fulfill Lomax's mission of "cultural equity," the right of every culture to express and develop its distinctive heritage of songs, dances and stories.
Global Jukebox's first releases commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lomax's "Southern Journey" in the American South, the first stereo field recordings made of traditional music. The inaugural releases are: "Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sea"; "Worried Now, Won't Be Worried Long"; "I'll Meet You On That Other Shore"; "I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down"; and "I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die." Compiled and annotated by Nathan Salsburg, the albums draw on new transfers of the original tapes, and include considerable previously unreleased material and extensive booklets of photos and notes.
Forthcoming releases include: Lomax's debut recordings of bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell; a companion album to the new John Szwed biography Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World; a hardback book and two-CD set dedicated to Lomax's trip through Asturias, Spain - "the land at the end of everything"; and the launch of a series of artist-curated compilations, for which guest musicians "Play the Global Jukebox," including an exclusive recording of their own.