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We are down with the local sound; music from Upstate Carolina's, both current era releases and heritage artists! Stocking and celebrating artists and bands either currently from this area or whose history had a chapter in the Western Carolinas.

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180gm deluxe vinyl LP pressing. Recorded with a single microphone by Elektra founder Jac Holzman over two nights in a converted Manhattan church in late 1955, Josh at Midnight finds White delivering spare, impassioned performances of a dozen spirituals and blues numbers. The artist is accompanied throughout the sessions by noted jazz bassist Al Hall and baritone vocalist Sam Gary. The Josh at Midnight reissue was mastered with the participation of original producer Holzman, as well as legendary engineer Bruce Botnick and fabled mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. The Josh at Midnight reissue is a labor of love for Ramseur Records founder Dolphus Ramseur, who's been a committed White fan since childhood, when he first heard Josh at Midnight's lead track "St. James Infirmary" on a local radio station's blues show. White's music has remained a touchstone in Ramseur's life ever since. After meeting Jac Holzman through their mutual association with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ramseur became determined to restore Josh at Midnight to the vinyl marketplace with the same attention to quality and detail for which Ramseur Records has become known.
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Guitarist/vocalist Ben Bridwell and bassist Mat Brooke formed Band Of Horses in 2004 after the dissolution of their nearly ten-year run in northwest melancholic darlings Carissa's Wierd. Carissa's Wierd trafficked in sadly beautiful orchestral pop, whose songs told unflinching stories of heartbreak and loss, leavened with defeatist humor. Band Of Horses rises from those ashes. Buoyed by Bridwell's warm, reverb-heavy vocals (which channel a strange brew of Wayne Coyne, Neil Young, and Doug Martsch), the group's woodsy, dreamy songs ooze with amorphous tension, longing, and hope. Both raggedly epic and delicately pensive, this is an album painted gorgeously in fragile highs and lows.
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Band Of Horses

Cease To Begin [Vinyl]

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For a lot of reasons, Cease to Begin is the perfect title for this new record. Not only do the songs themselves weave this theme through the record, but stopping and starting anew is also a reflection of the past year and a half for Band of Horses. The songs are strikingly beautiful, if less elliptical and more straightforward, with more sophisticated arrangements than the last record.
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RAMBLIN RECORDS - MARSHALL TUCKER BAND The Marshall Tucker Band is the self-titled debut album by The Marshall Tucker Band, a country rock-oriented Southern rock band. It was recorded in 1973 in Macon, Georgia, at Capricorn Studios. 2017 Ramblin Records release.
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Adia Victoria

Beyond The Bloodhounds

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The Nashville-based artist travels the land of Delta blues, afro punk, and country andwithBeyond The BloodhoundsAdiareveals a fresh reference point on the musical landscape.Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, "I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable."Adia Victoriais a truth teller. She admits, "I don't necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn't the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I'm just ugly. There's a brat in some of these songs, selfish, nave, vengeful, but there's also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood." Beyond The Bloodhoundswas produced byRoger Moutenot(Yo La Tengo,Sleater Kinney) and the artist herself and recorded at Nashville, Tennessee's Haptown Studios, The album features the indelible lyrics, voice, and guitar solos ofAdia Victoriaalong with a band of talented musicians includingTiffany Minton(Drums),Alex Caress(keys),Mason Hickman(guitar), andJason Harris(bass).
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Adia Victoria

Beyond The Bloodhounds [Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2016 release. The Nashville-based artist travels the land of Delta blues, afro punk, and country with Beyond The Bloodhounds. Adia reveals a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, "I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable."Adia Victoriais a truth teller. She admits, "I don't necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn't the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I'm just ugly. There's a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there's also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood." Beyond The Bloodhounds was produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney) and the artist herself and recorded at Nashville, Tennessee's Haptown Studios, The album features the indelible lyrics, voice, and guitar solos of Adia Victoria along with a band of talented musicians including Tiffany Minton (drums), Alex Caress (keyboards), Mason Hickman (guitar), and Jason Harris (bass).
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Adia Victoria

Silences [LP]

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Two years after the release of her critically-acclaimed debutBeyond the Bloodhounds, Nashville-based modern blueswoman Adia Victoria returns with Silences. The albumwas recorded withAaron Dessner(The National) at his studio in upstate New York. Throughout the album's 12 tracks, Victoria brings the topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own.

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Cootie Stark

Sugar Man

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Cootie Stark is one of the last authentic Piedmont blues guitarist/singers alive today. He learned his songs at the feet of the originators of Piedmont Blues - Baby Tate, Pink Anderson, Walter Phelps, Peg Leg Sam and Blind Sammy Doolie. Cootie Stark has a repertoire of 100's of Blues and Gospel songs, making him one of the last direct links to a South long gone. 'I've been playing guitar for 50 years,' reports Stark, 'I started beating on cans before I got a guitar and my mother told me I was singing since I was a baby.' Although music was always in the forefront, the life of a transient bluesman is hard on the body and hard on the pocket - after years on the road, Cootie was left with little money and a dwindling audience for the deep-rooted blues that defined his style. In the 1980's, the blind Stark settled into the Woodland Homes Projects in Greenville, NC. 'By then, the real Piedmont blues was pretty much gone,' he says. 'All them guys were dead and gone and I wasn't making no headway' In the spring of 1997, Music Maker founder Tim Duffy heard Cootie Stark playing electric guitar and singing Fats Domino songs. Duffy questioned Stark about his knowledge of the old songs and was blown away to find himself face-to-face with a Piedmont Blues original. Within months of hooking up with Duffy, Cootie had a new acoustic guitar and a promising career. Stark has been universally praised in his first years as an international blues figure. His abrasive, percussive guitar style melds with a vocal arsenal that ranges from a roughhewn gospel shout to a tight, pretty vibrato. Both European and American concert-goers have been held captive by Stark's raw and powerful performances. On his first recording, SUGAR MAN, listeners receive the true, oral tradition of the blues. Stark's timeless versions of familiar and obscure songs show us that deeprooted blues are still alive and vibrant.
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