Alan Lomax Archive and IODA Create Global Partnership To Disseminate More Than 17,000 Historic Recordings Of Folk And Traditional Music

IODA, the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry, and the Alan Lomax Archive announced a partnership to make thousands of traditional and vernacular music recordings available worldwide.

As part of a global grassroots campaign, Lomax and IODA will disseminate Lomax’s recordings digitally to an international network of retailers. The partnership comes on the heels of the recently released “Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World” — John Szwed’s comprehensive biography.

The recordings — many previously unreleased — are drawn from Lomax’s fieldwork from 1933 to 1991, during which time he sought out and recorded hundreds of hours of music from a huge diversity of cultures. They will be released on the Archive’s new label, Global Jukebox.

“No one has come close to Alan Lomax in illuminating the intersecting musical roots of an extraordinary range of cultures, including our own,” commented Nat Hentoff, renowned American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic.

“Without Lomax it’s possible that there would have been no blues explosion, no R&B movement, no Beatles and no Stones and no Velvet Underground,” said Brian Eno, English musician, composer, producer, singer and visual artist, best known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

America’s Legendary Folklorist
Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is considered America’s foremost folklorist. He dedicated his life’s work to the documentation of music and cultural traditions across the world and is perhaps best known for making the debut recordings of American legends like Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and Woody Guthrie on behalf of the Library of Congress. But his independent explorations into the world’s traditional music took him beyond his outstanding recordings in the American South to song hunting throughout the British Isles, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Romania, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union, and won him a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Foundation.

“It still remains for us to learn how we can put our magnificent mass communications technology at the service of each and every branch of the human family.” – Alan Lomax

A Global, Grassroots Campaign

Collaborations with folklore institutions like the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and Spain’s Muséu del Pueblu d’Asturies, indie record labels Mississippi Records and Dust-to-Digital, among others, and university presses including those of the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin will enable the Archive to make its more than 17,000 recordings available to diverse audiences worldwide. Through IODA’s international distribution network, Global Jukebox releases will be available at hundreds of digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, MOG and Rdio, and through mobile providers such as AT&T, Nokia, T-Mobile, Sprint, Telefonica and Verizon.

Among the most highly anticipated, never-released recordings are:

* The Newport Folk Festival Preview Concert at New York City’s Central Park was held at the height of the Civil Rights era, in the summer of 1965. Alan Lomax produced and MC’d the concert. The concert featured seminal figures of the Folk Revival era including Reverend Gary Davis, Ed Young, Bessie Jones, Mable Hillery, and the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

* Alan Lomax in Morocco, 1967. Lomax recorded the traditional music of both urban and rural Morocco, setting up his tape machine in the historic metropolises of Fes and Marrakech as well as in remote rural villages in the Atlas Mountains.

* Irish folksongs sung by famed Irish playwright Brendan Behan for Lomax in London in 1951.

“By enabling digital access to these recordings by the cultures and people whose legacies they represent, we expect this global collaboration to promote greater understanding of the diversity of the world’s music,” commented Erik Gilbert, VP of Client Strategy at IODA. “Our enthusiasm for this project is aligned with the enormous potential we believe it has to make a significant cultural contribution to the world’s music library.”

Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Peter Yarrow Celebrates American Folk Songs In ‘peter Yarrow Sing Along Special’ On PBS TV

New York, NY – Peter Yarrow, one of the most acclaimed performers of American folk music, hosts a new PBS TV special airing on dozens of PBS TV affiliates during the holiday season. A preview of the special is available on You-tube.

The Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special is a family celebration of America’s favorite folk songs performed by some of America’s most beloved folk singers. Starring Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, this special also features multiple Grammy winners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Keb’ Mo’, cello and voice duo Bethany & Rufus, and singer and percussionist Billy Jonas.


20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Announces Justin Foutz as “Country Artist of the Year”

Curb Records, Sky Productions and RainboRecords presents

Justin Foutz with the annual prestigious award at

The Theatre at Paramount Studios, Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES– Young musician and rising star Justin Foutz ( is set to take the music industry by storm as he receives Los Angeles’ most prestigious music award at the star studded event held in Hollywood on November 18th 2010.

Foutz achieved his Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA) victory, at the recent LAMA Voting Party, over five worthy competitors in his category. He also finished second in the “Country Album of the Year” category. As a result of winning “Country Artist of the Year”, Foutz will be presented with his trophy in the presence of some of the world’s most influential music moguls and media on the Red Carpet at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards ceremony. (more…)

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys: Back on the Saddle

Country western swing band leader Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys are the next act featured on DMusic Records retrospective Classic Roots series. Twenty five classics by the fiddling cowboy maestro are resurrected and remastered here.

O Pioneers! Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, the preeminent prospectors of country dance hall music are coming up next in DMusic’s Classic Roots series, a retrospective string of releases that document the wildest twists and turns of the recent musical past.

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM  Leave a Comment  

Folk advocate Silber dies at 84 By William Grimes / New York Times News Service

Irwin Silber, a founder and the longtime editor of the folk-music magazine Sing Out!, died Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. He was 84.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his son Frederic said.

Silber was one of the prime movers behind the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s and, on a famous occasion, treated Bob Dylan to a public scolding for abandoning his political songs. (more…)

Published in: on September 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM  Leave a Comment  

Eliza Gilkyson To Headline Eureka Springs’ Original Ozark Folk Festival

A LOT can happen in 63 years! But despite all the changes over the past six-plus decades, one thing has remained constant: the Original Ozark Folk Festival. From humble beginnings, it has grown up to become the oldest folk festival in the country!

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – The year was 1947. TV’s were just being tested, the phrase “baby boomers” was years away from being coined, and a little getaway town in the Ozarks held its first folk festival. 63 years later TV’s are omnipresent, baby boomers are seniors, and that little gathering in Eureka Springs has become the country’s oldest continuously running folk festival.

When the 63rd Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival takes place here Nov. 4-6, it will include the appearance of a folk icon, the return of a revered tradition, and the birth of a new one. Eliza Gilkyson headlines the featured show at the Auditorium Nov. 6. The Barefoot Ball returns to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel by popular demand Nov. 5. And a talent show competition will be inaugurated Nov. 4 as part of a free show at the Auditorium. (more…)

Long Beach Shows For JUSTIN FOUTZ (Country-Rock Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter

Nashville Transplant Quickly Making Name For Himself On The West Coast; Nominated In "Country Artist of the Year," "Country Album of the Year" Categories For 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards; Upcoming Live Southland Show Dates

*Performs Locally: EVO LOUNGE in Long Beach -- Sunday, Sept. 12th* (Additional EVO Dates: Sunday, October 10; Sunday, November 21)

BELMONT SHORES– Rising guitarist/singer/songwriter Justin Foutz brings his energetic Country-Rock sounds to EVO Lounge, 5300 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, Sunday, September 12 (other EVO Lounge show dates: Sunday, October 10; Sunday, November 21). 2:30 p.m. Free. Info: (562) 438-2026 or log onto (more…)

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THE ROYS On A Mission – Partner With Compassion International To Help Bogota’s Needy

Organization Offers Nutritional, Spiritual, Educational And Health Assistance

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2010) — Brother and sister duo THE ROYS traveled to Bogota last month with volunteers from Compassion International to learn more about the organization and its mission to positively impact a community of 13 million. During the trip, Lee and Elaine each chose to sponsor an eight-year old child – Miguel and Nayelis. (more…)

Published in: on September 6, 2010 at 11:11 AM  Leave a Comment  

Roots-Rocker Natasha James in Concert@Iron Door Saloon, September 17/18

Performing In Concert! Two Big Nights! At IRON DOOR SALOON/Sept. 17, 18

PHOTO RELEASE – Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall Jams With Reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Kristin Scott Benson

Dueling Banjos At Kentucky State Fair – Oaks’ singer Joe Bonsall Jams with Grascals’ Two-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Kristin Scott Benson

Nashville, TN   – Last night at The Kentucky State Fair Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall was invited to pick a little banjo on stage with super bluegrass band The Grascals. ( (more…)