These are the 10 artists whose albums we have been playing over and over here. Most are instrumentals, but you can't beat the vocal artists either. We are talking about the likes of the legendary Sophie Tucker, smooth Cuban from Conjunto Guantanamo, and gorgeous Middle Eastern voices. Here's hoping you enjoy these artists who bring us joy!
It was tempting to add all the artists added by Oddio Overplay to the FMA, but that didn't seem fair.
photo: Katya Oddio, license: CC by-nc-nd US
Sounds from the Free Music Archive to feed your wanderlust
photo: OddioOverplay.com, license: CC by-nc US, date: 2008
In Switzerland there lives a very busy composer, director, performer whose talent seems boundless. That man is Lee Maddeford and he is as at home with composing orchestral works as with children's music. Mr. Maddeford is a marvel with gypsy jazz, chamber music, cabaret and choral works, brass and woodwind ensembles, piano duets, soundtracks, and theatre music. One additional remarkable thing about the man: he is kind enough to share his work with you with Creative Commons licensing.
As of this posting, there are several of his releases at the Free Music Archive, including INSTRUMENTALS 1 Les Gauchers Orchestra and Les Gauchers Quintet, AN ASTRAL FABLE and THE JUGGLERS SUITE with l'Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan, and EROS ET PSYCHE with the Choeur Calliope.
Classic country, Western, Texas swing, and other down home numbers.
The selections in the first set are courtesy of curator Bloodshot Records. UPDATE: Those songs have since left the FMA. Please enjoy the remaining 16 juke joint tunes.
photo: Bent Creek Ranch Square Dance Team at Asheville Mountain Music Festival sometime between 1938 and 1950. [source], license: public domain
An August mix of instrumentals for drifting on the river
image: overlay of a nitrate negative of "Master Walter Lewisohn in a rowboat" (1926) by Arnold Genthe
Congrats to the FMA on wrapping up Year One! It's been a great year for listeners. Here is the tiniest little fraction of artists I have come to love this year thanks to the Free Music Archive. Thank you to all who have participated.
The Detroit Cobras "I Wanna Holler (But The Town's Too Small)" has since been removed from the FMA. Seems like a bad move, because I bought their CD when I heard it here first.