MUSIC AND MORE
Though we are Kentuckians for the majority of the year now, part of our hearts are always in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York State. Here is a new spin on old songs from that glorious and wild region. (Ten songs)
Good for what ails ye. Tonic for troubled times. Mostly originals, some New Orleans jazz as well. Goes on the left side of your bookcase. This recording was funded in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation.
Liza's new book on early unknown ballad collctor, Katherinre Jackson French. Available through University Press of Kentucky at https://www.kentuckypress.com/9780813178523/katherine-jackson-french/. Use discount code FB30 for a 30% discount!
An album of off-the-beaten-path Christmas songs, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, plus some contemporary ones. Recorded at First Baptist Church in Worcester, NY, one of the hidden gems of the Catskill Mountains.
An eclectic showcase featuring the melodica skills of A.J., one of today's masters of the instrument. The album features everything from Mozart to tangos to Sweet Georgia Brown. Sure to brighten up the gloomiest of days!
Back by popular demand, here is Liza's first studio album, featuring backup work by Barry Mitterhoff, Lui Collins, and Steve Schuch, as well as Mike Agranoff and other members of the Folk Project of Northern New Jersey.
A recording of 19 of Katherine Jackson French's ballads. Jackson attempted to publish her collection in 1910 to no avail. This recording marks the first time Jackson's ballads have been heard. This recording was funded in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
"Had Jackson French succeeded in publishing her results, DiSavino argues, the study of Appalachian balladry might have been redirected from mythologizing about racial purity into something more accurate and inclusive. ...the counterfactual scenario DiSavino invokes, in which mountain women and African-American string bands were granted their rightful, central place in early country music, is heartening to entertain." - Lidija Haas, Harpers
"Meticulously researched, this fascinating unveiling of the life and work of a minor character in the early twentieth century 'Ballad Wars' seems like it was a true labor of love for Berea College music professor Elizabeth DiSavino." - R. Jackovsky, Amazon reviews