An Appreciation of Joe Bussard

Within a few years of Jay and Patrick meeting in Wilmington, NC, they soon, after John Jeremiah Sullivan suggested they check out the American Primitive albums, embarked on a shared fascination with and discovery of old recordings of all manner of American musics that continues to this day (there is so much!).

Any trip down this rabbit hole will no doubt lead you to Joe Bussard, whose obsession with hunting for old 78s has helped save much of this music from falling silent.  Luckily for us, he has opened his vaults a number of times, in collaboration with Dust-to-Digital, and made much of this music available in sets like Goodbye, Babylon and a set from the label he started in his basement, Fonotone Records. Check out Desperate Man Blues, too.

What’s even better? Joe now records a weekly podcast, again in collaboration with Dust-to-Digital, called Joe Bussard’s Country Classics, which is available on iTunes or, if you’re lucky enough, live on WREK in Atlanta on Fridays from 5-6 pm.

We reached out to Joe to share our gratitude for all he’s done and continues to do for the world of good, hard-to-find music. Needless to say, we were tickled when he mentioned us on an episode of Country Classics! No joke! Go listen to the episode from 12/16/11, @ the 13 minute mark. Then, do yourself a favor and listen to the back catalog and the episodes yet-to-come.

Thanks, Joe. Not only for giving us a shout out and playing our request, but for opening up so many musical worlds to us.

Here’s to hoping we can get him to come on Talus, Or Scree. Or, better yet, that we can meet the man and his library of 78s in person sometime soon!




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