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Recording Musical History: An Interview with Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital Records

Lance Ledbetter, Dust-to-Digital Records

30 April 2012

Southern Spaces interviews Lance Ledbetter at his home, which also houses Dust-to-Digital Records, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 13, 2012. Ledbetter discusses the history of the label, working with record collectors, and his new project Music Memory.



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Recommended Resources


Cantwell, Robert. "Smith's Memory Theater: The Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music." New England Review 13 (Spring–Summer 1991): 364–397.

Daniel, Wayne W. Pickin' on Peachtree: A History of Country Music in Atlanta, Georgia. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Dean, Eddie. "Desperate Man Blues: Record Collector Joe Bussard Parties like it's 1929." Washington City Paper, February 12, 1999.

Ely II, Macel. Ain't No Grave: The Life & Legacy of Brother Claude Ely. Atlanta, GA: Dust-to-Digital, 2011.

Katz, Mark. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Kenney, William Howland. Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890–1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Minton, John. 78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. “Recording Technology, the Record Industry, and Ethnomusicological Scholarship.” In Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology, edited by Bruno Nettl and Philip V. Bohlman, 277–292. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Shuker, Roy. Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting As a Social Practice. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2010.


Jones, Johnny L. Rev. Johnny L. Jones: The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta. Dust-to-Digital DTD-17, 2010, 2 compact discs.

Various Artists. Art of Field Recording, Volume 1. Dust-to-Digital DTD-04, 2007, 4 compact discs.

Various Artists. Goodbye, Babylon. Dust-to-Digital DTD-01, 2003, 6 compact discs, book.

Various Artists. Where Will You Be Christmas Day? Dust-to-Digital DTD-02, 2004, compact disc.


Dust-to-Digital Records

Anthology of American Folk Music

National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congeress

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