“I ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music” – An Interview With Nathan Salsburg

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Sep 192014
 

Kevin Gibson, who has clearly had a very, very busy couple of weeks of writing heading into this weekend, interviewed Nathan Salsburg for the “I’ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music” event at the Clifton Cultural Center this weekend. Read his article about it here.

Nathan Salsburg On The 1931 Victor Recordings In Louisville

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Dec 022011
 

As readers of this blog might recall, music archivist Nathan Salsburg is seriously interested in old recordings of early performers, with a special interest in Louisville performers. On Thursday, December 8, he will be the main guest for an edition of “The Clifton Fifty” at The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, where there will be a 50-minute conversation about the 1931 Victor Recording Company sessions in Louisville, presided over by Victor’s A&R man, Ralph Peer, and held in a vacant storefront in downtown Louisville. Salsburg will present a cross-section of the music that was recorded then, including a series of skits featuring Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, plus an array of blues, holiness gospel, old-time country string bands and Louisville jug bands.

The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m., with appetizers from Frankfort Avenue restaurants and a cash bar. The event is free but a donation is suggested.
More information about Salsburg is available at his blog Root Hog or Die. Information about the Clifton Center is available at www.thecliftoncenter.org

Nathan Salsburg, Musical Forklorist

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Oct 192011
 

This week’s LEO has a long story by Damien McPherson about Nathan Salsburg, a musical archivist who works for the Alan Lomax Archive, writes a column on old music for LEO (Root Hog OR Die) and is in a band. The story begins with a tale of finding a big stash of old and unusual 78s in the South End and includes pieces about Magnetic Tape Recorder on Baxter and Underground Sounds on Highland Ave. It’s an altogether interesting story. (Note the online version has the story repeated in its layout.)

Sometimes The Louisville Connections Get Just Too…

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Sep 012011
 

Over at ear X-tacy, they’re all atwitter and agog (well, they’re atwitter and agog for a living but that’s another matter) over having stocked some copies of a guitar collaboration between James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg, called James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – ‘Avos. This is worth a note, as Salsburg is a Louisvillian who is very seriously into collecting, documenting and promoting old-time music, including old-time Louisville music. There’s a bit of background over at the label, Thomkins Square Records. What’s interesting is the Elkington is an Englishman, now living in Chicago, who variously played/s with The Zincs (a Thrill Jockey Records band), Jon Langford’s (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard and The Horse’s Ha. One of the members of The Horse’s Ha is none other than Freakwater’s Janet Beveridge Bean. So once more, that Thrill Jockey/Southern Records connection to Louisville strikes fire again. There’s a free download at the Thompkin’s site of “The Queue Outside The Night Ministry.”