"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

Musician Stephen Wade join us to explore the stories he unlocked when he set out to learn more about some of the most famous field recordings in American history.

Some of the greatest treasures in the Library of Congress are field recordings of American music captured in the early 20th century. Musician Stephen Wade set out to unearth the stories behind the recording sessions, which were done everywhere from kitchens to prisons. He joins Kojo in studio to explore the little-known history of this iconic music and how it became part of our cultural fabric.

Guests

Stephen Wade

Folk musician; recording artist; author, "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" (University of Illinois Press)

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Wade talks about the stories behind 13 performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Plains.

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