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In 2009, Michael & Tom collaborated on a Fretboard Journal article about Pete Seeger's iconic longneck banjo. View the article at:
"Do the Radio Boogie all over the dial,
with a solid kick, and a red hot lick,
it's the Tennessee style!"
Lost Radio Rounders make music from another time and another place.
Before the days of MP3s and file sharing; before the days of “American Idol” and MTV; heck, before the days of Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan, Americans found their music on the radio, played live and as part of the fabric of everyday life. Even earlier than that, Americans made their own music, finishing work, eating a hot meal and pulling a fiddle or banjo off the wall as the evening sun went down.
Lost Radio Rounders play those songs, from the Great Smoky Mountains, from the Mississippi Delta, from the plains of Texas, from the 1850s to the 1950s. It’s Saturday night music and Sunday morning music, live from the Philco Cathedral. Twirl the dial and let the magic happen.
Is it Hank Williams on the Louisiana Hayride? Is it Woody Guthrie and Lefty Lou on KVFD, out of California? Is it Uncle Dave Macon on the Grand Ole Opry? Bradley Kincaid on the National Barn Dance? Cousin Emmy & Her Kinfolk on KMOX? The Carter Family coming in on 50,000 watts out of Mexico? No, it’s Lost Radio Rounders.
Lost Radio Rounders are Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck. Lindsay and Eck have been playing Historic American Music together for over 25 years, beginning with the popular Albany NY electric roots band, Chefs of the Future. It’s all acoustic now, with the duo accompanying themselves on guitar and mandolin along with flashes of dobro, ukulele, strumstick, autoharp and banjo. Eck and Lindsay take this stuff seriously, but they have lots of fun.
In addition to their lives as musicians, Lindsay teaches a music history course and Eck is a nationally-respected music writer. Lost Radio Rounders is a natural extension of Lindsay and Eck’s fascination with the myriad sounds and styles of American folk music as first recorded in the early 20th century. But instead of a scratchy 78 rpm disc, Lost Radio Rounders audiences experience the thrill of the music firsthand. And thanks to what folklorist Alan Lomax called “the deep river of song,” no two performances are exactly alike.
In addition to concerts, club shows and, yes, radio appearances, Lost Radio Rounders also present a number of more style/artist specific programs, including “The Gospel Train: Historic American Spiritual & Religious Music,” “Lincoln And Liberty: Songs From The Time Of Honest Abe,” “Wildwood Flower: Songs Of The Original Carter Family” and “American Favorite Ballads: Songs From Folkways.” All are marked by the same fervor, the same joy and the same need to “do the radio boogie, all over the dial.”