3-4 Weeks
Down In the Basement

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New version, now in a jewel case with 28-page color booklet (maybe not quite as elaborate as before, but still an impressive package and all the music is the same; price is a bit lower). Subtitled: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s (1926-1937). "Joe Bussard has been called the 'King of Record Collectors' and there's solid evidence to justify such a title. In the basement of his Maryland home is a vast treasure trove of American vernacular music first recorded by phonograph companies in the 1920s and '30s- old-time songs, hillbilly hoedowns, hot jazz, country blues, jug band music, sanctified singing, and a whole lot more. For over 50 years, Joe has pursued this music with a passion that borders on mania, building a world-class collection of 78 rpm records -- more than 25,000 in all. With Joe's cooperation, we've carefully remastered 24 tracks of this rare music, representing the major genres in his collection. Included are classic performances by such colorful names as Seven-Foot Dilly, Gitfiddle Jim, The Grayson County Railsplitters, Fess Williams' Royal Flush Orchestra, Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull, The Grinnell Giggers, and many more. These recordings are not just historical relics, but vital and entertaining performances that have stood the test of time. Not everyone can actually visit Joe's archives, but Down In The Basement delivers the next best thing- a potent dose of this great American music." Artists include: Stripling Brothers, Big Bill, Luis Russell & His Orchestra, Dixon Brothers, Weems String Band, Blind Gary, A.A. Gray & Seven-Foot Dilly, James Cole's Washboard Four, Charley Jordan, Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band, Sweet Brothers & Ernest Stoneman, Colman & Harper, Bessie Brown, Gene Autry, Soileau and Robin, Bill Brown and his Brownies, Uncle Dave Macon, Blind Blake-Charlie Spand, Fields Ward & The Grayson County Railsplitters, The Corley Family, Long Cleve Reed and Little Harvey Hull - Down Home Boys, Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra, Gitfiddle Jim and Grinnell Giggers.