'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'
Book by Michael Corcoran.
Origial OKeh 78 rpm record transfers by Christopher King.
Design by Susan Archie.
A singer sits at
the piano and loses all inhibitions while in complete
control of the instrument: Little Richard, Ray Charles,
Jerry Lee Lewis. Although church singer Arizona Dranes
doesn't come close to the stature of those icons, she set
the mold for rockin' singer/ pianists in 1926 with six "test
records" that have stood the test of time.
Until now, very little has been correctly reported about
Dranes other than the facts that she was blind, from Texas,
had a piercing Pentecostal voice and was the first recording
artist to play piano in the secular styles of the day, while
singing words of deep praise.
Corcoran, former music critic and columnist for the Austin
American-Statesman, has spent years unearthing revelatory
details on the life of the mysterious woman behind the
music. The book includes a CD containing all 16 of Arizona
Dranes' recorded tracks, expertly remastered from the
OKeh label 78 RPM records by Grammy-winning producer
is also available digitally (without the music) as an eBook.
Tompkins Square :
Six CDs and a 200
page book housed in a cedar box packed with raw cotton.
Lance Ledbetter, Goodbye, Babylon was
Dust-to-Digitalís first release in 2003. The five CDs
feature 135 Songs (1902-1960) and one CD featuring 25
Sermons (1926-1941). Accompanying the CDs is a 200 page book
with Bible verses, complete lyric transcriptions, and notes
for each recording.
Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism in
Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950
One CD and a
96-page hardcover book
Compiled by Jim Linderman, Music Complied by Lance
Ledbetter. The 96-page hardcover book has 75 sepia
photograph reproductions from 1890-1950 and is accompanied
by a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings from original
78-RPM records (1924-1940).