Archive for July, 2009

When It Pours, I Blog

July 9, 2009

It’s been raining, or at least cloudy, for what feels like months here in New England so most of us have resorted to rain metaphors.

I go for days, weeks, or months with nothing to blog (or rather, nothing coherent or interesting), then suddenly my cup runneth over, my drain clogs up, the bath water spills over, and I have lots of tidbits and longbits.

I just found a brother duo, the Thompson Brothers, who actively perform and place themselves within the tradition of brother duos. Their website contains some interesting information about gospel music, brother duets, and the connections between the Ulster Scots and the Appalachian region of the southern United States. I think maybe I’ll try to contact them.

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Online discographies

July 9, 2009

Just a quick link for those you interested in recordings from the early twentieth century. There’s a very nice online discography available. The role of collectors to scholarly research, particularly with popular music, is critical and I, for one, truly appreciate it. I have a list going of other discographies and information about old recordings here, some from collectors and amateurs, and others hosted by research institutions.