Last fall, I purchased an album that just about knocked me right over: the American Anthology of Folk Music, most recently released by Smithsonian Folkways. It's a six-CD set of music recorded between 1925 and 1932, and listening to it is like going right back in time.
I knew this would affect my music somehow, but it took me a while to figure out exactly what to do about it. Then, browsing some family photo albums from the same time period, I had an idea: why not try to find some old recordings and release my own compilation of long-lost music?
This task became easier than I imagined when old photo albums gave way to old records in my grandmother's attic. This was the music my family listened to 75 years ago! So, as a tribute to these long-neglected musical styles, and to my own family history, I began the work of selecting, digitally remastering, and researching the origins of fourteen old recordings.
You'll find a variety of styles on Music of my Ancestors, from bluegrass to dance music to Cajun to down-and-dirty blues. I placed a special emphasis on little-known songs by musicians you've probably never heard of, to make this record a true collector's item.
These RealAudio samples will give you a better idea of what this old music is all about.
And I even had some help from musical ears among my own friends and family: Bob and Annie Stowell, and Dave and Dorothy Leach.