Archive for November, 2013

‘I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label, 1951-1983′

Friday, November 29th, 2013

4CD box set housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket. Available December 10th.


“You’re not likely to hear more heavenly singing anywhere.” – SPIN (Best Reissues of 2013)

“The gospel label Nashboro, based in Nashville, was the parent company of Excello, the more famous blues label — known for idiosyncratic, echoey sessions by Slim Harpo and Otis Spann, among others, that have traveled far and wide. But most of the Southern singers on Nashboro, including Brother Joe May and the Fairfield Four, were putting God first, working for steady local radio play and sales directly through the Nashville record store run by Nashboro’s owner, Ernest Young. In the early years these are tight and quiet sessions — brushed drums under close-harmony groups — until the late ’50s, when gospel’s relationship with hotter R&B grows closer: You hear where early James Brown comes from in the lead vocalist of the Kindly Shepherds’ “Take the Lord With You,” from 1958, and Sister Lucille Barbee’s “Let the Church Roll On,” from 1960, could have been conceived by Bo Diddley. By the late ’60s to the ’80s, Nashboro made gospel as modest but excellent soul music: no more, no less.” – The New York Times, 11/29


Ryley Walker 12″, Michael Hurley 78rpm out Nov 29th

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Ryley Walker’s debut 12″ EP featuring three songs : “The West Wind” from his forthcoming album, due in April; “A Home For Me”; and “Sweet Little Betsy”, an instrumental guitar duet with Daniel Bachman. (The latter two songs are exclusive to this EP and will not appear on the album, or anywhere else, online or otherwise). The EP is audiophile quality 180g vinyl at 45rpm.

Listen to “The West Wind”

Buy the single on iTunes

“Watertrain/Black & Yellow Bee” is a 78 rpm 10″ with two newly recorded, previously unreleased songs by folk legend Michael Hurley. Tompkins Square has released 78rpm records by Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), Ralph Stanley, Joe Bussard, Luther Dickinson, and a split 78 with Lucinda Williams & Michael Chapman.