December 19, 2015
Not long after buying her first bass guitar at an Ann Arbor MI pawnshop, Austin’s Sarah Brown began backing up a virtual “Who’s Who” of blues legends such as Big Walter Horton and Johnny Shines. Later, in Boston and Austin, she added Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, and Albert Collins to the long list of artists she supported on bass. During the 80’s and 90’s Sarah was part of the famed house band at Antone’s—the blues “Mecca” of Austin.
December 18, 2015
Fountains of Wayne were formed in 1995 by bassist Adam Schlesinger and guitarist Chris Collingwood. The band chose their name after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. After releasing their self-titled debut album in 1996, the band toured the world extensively, playing alongside bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Sloan and The Lemonheads. However, by 1999 they had parted ways with their record label, and band members scattered to work on other projects.
December 17, 2015
Released as a single in the fall of 1967 to capitalize on their current success with “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”, Jingle Bells also featuring the band’s psychedelic cover of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and a very strange cut, “Dante’s Inferno”. The track pops up on the occasional Christmas compilation, and copies of the 45 single are still circulating.
December 16, 2015
The long and storied history of Lead Belly (born Huddie William Ledbetter) – “King of the 12-string guitar” – is longer than this space allows. Released from prison (again) in 1940 or 41, he spent the first half of that decade recording for RCA, the Library of Congress, Capitol Records, and Moe Asch (future founder of Folkways Records) this track comes from the Smithsonian Folkways recording Lead Belly Sings for Children.
December 15, 2015
Oklahoma-born Jack Guthrie first came to prominence when he moved to California to join his cousin Woody Guthrie on the Oke & Woody Show on KFVD radio in Hollywood. Influenced by Jimmie Rodgers and adapted to fit his cowboy image, Jack signed to Capitol Records shortly there-after, and he scored his first big hit in 1945.