Joe Bussard is the world’s greatest collector of the blues, country, and gospel 78s that gave birth to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and other popular idioms. A lot of these records are unbelievably good. They also tend to be exceptionally rare. (In some cases, Bussard owns the last remaining copy.) And that makes Bussard’s “Country Classics” radio program, which airs every Friday on WREK in Atlanta, something of a national treasure.
A tip of our hat goes to MetaFilter, which pointed us toward the show’s podcast: Two totally eclectic episodes are now up on iTunes. We’re counting the days till the next one posts—and in the meantime, we’re streaming other excellent shows on the Soundcloud page of Bussard’s sponsor, Dust-to-Digital. (Fans of old-timey music, take note: Nathan Salsburg’s “Root Hog or Die” program is especially good.) All in all, it’s a perfect confluence of new media and old but unforgettable music.
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