Thursday night’s kissa session at CAM Raleigh will be a unique treat. Marshall Wyatt of Raleigh’s Old Hat Records will select and play around twenty favorite 78’s from his extraordinary collection of rareties. Marshall is bringing in his own vintage sound system for the occasion. He says the 78’s will roughly span the years 1925 to 1955, and will reflect several areas of interest: African-American fiddle players; the traditional music of North Carolina; and the musicians of Raleigh’s WPTF radio.
Marshall grew up in Raleigh and attended art school in San Francisco where he befriended the artist and filmmaker, Terry Zwigoff, whose great movie, “Ghost World,” rendered the complexities of authenticity and the craft of collecting rare records. Marshall’s releases at Old Hat are noted for their beautiful and meticulous artwork and liner notes. Here is a note from Old Hat’s website.
“One of America’s most valuable cultural resources is the great music recorded in the early decades of the 20th century: old-time string bands, blues, jazz, gospel, jug bands, songsters, vocal quartets, vaudeville and medicine-show music, and more”– Old Hat web site.
Old Hat’s releases include: In The Pines, Tar Heel Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes 1926-1936; Barbecue Any Old Time, Blues from the Pit, 1927-1942; Violin, Sing the Blues for Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1947; and Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937, which was nominated for two Grammy’s and was featured by Bob Dylan on his Theme Time Radio Hour.
You aren’t going to want to miss this opportunity to hear this music the way it was supposed to be heard, as close to the “real thing” as we can get…And find out what 78s are really made of…
Beer/wine. 8-10pm. Thursday the 22nd.