As a songwriter, Michael Eck has four solo albums to his credit, each of which reflects different facets of his own interest in the reach of American music. Michael is also a nationally recognized, widely published music critic and radio personality, as well as a visual artist focusing on portraits of American roots musicians. In addition, he is a member of the "funky American string band," Ramblin Jug Stompers.
Tom Lindsay is a photographer and recording engineer specializing in live and location recording. In January 2004 RECORDING magazine praised his version of Michael's "Songs of Leaving" - "One of the smoothest, fullest vocals that we've heard. Period." Tom teaches American music history, audio technology, and photography at a small private school in Troy, New York. Tom's nature photography has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, postcards, maps and even on vending machines.
In the early days of radio, families would gather around the fancy tabletop Philco Cathedral on Saturday nights and tune in favorites from the Mississippi Delta, the Great Smoky Mountains or the plains of Texas. The big shows -- like the Grand Ole Opry, the National Barn Dance and King Biscuit Time -- brought music into every home from coast-to-coast. Revisit the lost days of live radio with this broad selection of favorites and re-discovered relics from across the spectrum. In addition to a mixed-bag of hillbilly, gospel, string band and classics from the folk tradition, expect nuggets from the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Cousin Emmy and Hank Williams.