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From Bristol to Johnson City to…

24 Feb

Available soon from Bear Family – “The Knoxville Sessions 1929-1930” (see preview). First samples arrived from the printers:

Knoxville Pic 1 Knoxville Pic 3 Knoxville Pic 4 Knoxville Pic 5 Knoxville Pic 6


What’s coming up (…or is still cookin’)

22 Jun

A couple of our projects have release dates scheduled (and re-scheduled) now, so this is what you can expect in late summer or autumn:

Johnson City Preorder

“Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music?”
The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929

4-CD box with a handsomely illustrated book – basically the follow-up to Bear Family’s Grammy-nominated “Bristol Sessions” set. The book has some fascinating stories and includes a treasure trove of pictures from 1920s rural Appalachia.
(The picture above shows the ‘point of pre-order’ at a recent festival in Johnson City, Tennessee)

BCD 16083 Front


BAF 18011 Front

Jerry Lee Lewis
Southern Roots – The Original Sessions

Double vinyl album (in a thick cardboard gatefold!) and 2-CD set (with even more outtakes) of Jerry Lee’s notorious sessions with producer Huey P. Meaux. Includes session outtakes and crazy chatter. The killer is accompanied by a stellar cast of sidemen incl. Tony Joe White, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Doug Sahm and Carl Perkins.

Big D Cover Test

Big D Jamboree
Live from the stage of the Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas

Another Bear Family box coming in autumn – 8 CDs of live recordings from the famous “Big D Jamboree” show incl. Gene Vincent, Riley Crabtree, Ronnie Dee and other wildcats from the 1950s and 60s country/rockabilly circuit.

…and, still in Texas, another big box (not from the Bear camp) with 10 discs of crazy one-off singles from (more or less) obscure labels from the state of Texas. This comes with a 200-page book, filled to the brim with illustrations of vinyl labels, picture sleeves and other findings. Includes a “Collector’s rating” for every track!

Texas Cover

And finally, of course, the “Black Europe” project is ready to go to the printers: a slipcase with 2 coffee-table books and 44 CDs.

Folder Front

Next up: Hank Thompson, dangerous rhythms, Chuck Berry, and several Caribbean projects.