Third Light Home March 2021

I guess if someone put a gun to my head, the third section of my book, Listening to the Wind, Encounters with 21st Century Independent Record Labels, contains some of my favourite music in there — or at least some of the longest-cherished tunes; right back to a first trip to Chicago in 1998. It’s getting slightly crazy, though, that this is the second 3-hour broadcast to accompany the huge loop south from Chicago to Atlanta and Durham/Chapel Hill then up to New York and north of Boston — and I haven’t even finished yet (there’s a final return leg to Chicago still to come). Hats off to Lance and April of Dust-to-Digital in Atlanta who, since featuring in the last broadcast, have released the superlative boxset The Harry Smith B-Sides, taking the trouble to omit the tracks featuring racist language. Also featured here are a few numbers from Unseen Worlds and Temporary Residence in New York, and Important records of Groveland, Massachusetts. It’ll be three years this summer since I conducted these interviews, but this music is for life . . .