What does it sound like?:
In the 1920s, the record industry was in crisis. New-fangled technology had been introduced that effectively streamed music for free, with an adverse effect on sales. It was called the radio. Companies sent scouts out across the U.S. searching for talent in the hope of striking gold. They travelled far and wide and unearthed a diverse plethora of talent willing to step up to a microphone and perform their songs. That talent was the great unwashed. They scratched a living tilling the fields, picking cotton, digging the mines, drilling the oil, catching the fish. They were young, old, men, women and children. They were white, black, Native American or Hispanic. Some managed to get by singing their songs for their contemporaries, going from town to town. None were formally trained.
Their story is told in an Arena documentary three episode series starting Sunday 21st May at 22:00 on BBC Four. Sony Legacy Recordings have released a 5CD “Collection” of one hundred songs and a fifteen track single disc summary called “Soundtrack”. The Soundtrack includes the more familiar names; The Memphis Jug Band, Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charlie Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and » Continue Reading.