Grammy-nominated alumnus Stephen Wade’76, author of the new book,The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will be presenting at several venues not far from Beloit in the next few days.
As we reported in the spring issue of Beloit College Magazine:
“Between 1934 and 1942, Library of Congress field recordings captured the sounds of largely unknown musicians and singers where they lived and made their music—in their kitchens and hotel rooms, prisons, churches, and school auditoriums, and on the porches of houses from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta to the Great Plains.
In 1994, musician and writer Stephen Wade’74 set out to produce and release a CD collection drawn from these recordings, which were housed in the Library of Congress’s Archive of Folk Culture. What he found was scant biographical information on most of the performers and their work, and an aching curiosity to know more about the context of these one-of-a-kind recordings.”
Click here to see details of the times and locations of Wade’s appearances.