The Six-CD Scheme

Each of the 6 CDs on Before the Big Bang has its own theme. Here’s a first look at what we’ll be presenting on the upcoming reissue.

Not *That* Kind of Acoustic Record

If you are new to the “acoustic era” of recording, a word of explanation may be in order. “Acoustic” does not refer to un-electrified instruments—“unplugged” sessions, if you will—but, rather, to the un- electrified method of recording. In the beginning, long before the microphone, there was the horn. Recordings before[…]

Back to the beginning: Before the Big Bang

Conventional wisdom on recorded country music traces its origins to the famous Bristol sessions held in July and August 1927, famously dubbed “The Big Bang of Country Music” by author Nolan Porterfield. Bristol gave us the first records by the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, and while there’s no disputing[…]