This site is primarily for my own covers of songs from before the recording era was really underway. The time period is roughly 1800, when American musical identity started to branch off from its foreign roots, to 1927, when the economic and technological conditions created by recording ended the era of participatory music.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band broke in 1917. Piano sales went into the toilet around 1923. Louis Armstrong raised the artistic game to a point that excluded ordinary musicians during the period 1927-1930. Bing Crosby started singing in a way that wasn’t possible in an acoustic environment — too quietly to be heard without amplification — in the early 1930s. There was a transition from a musical environment where music was made in person to an environment where it was made far away. Before, the product was sheet music and instruments. Afterward the product was records and phonographs. This blog is about the musical world before that change...
Most of the music from Soup Greens is under a CC license and is remixable. More often than not there is also sheet music available. Great blog.
Lucas can be also heard performing live as half the jazz duo Alvin and Lucille. Also CC licensed but only available on their MySpace page. Which is a shame. It would be great if they could upload the vocals and guitar to a nice CC friendly remix site. If only we knew of such a place. ;)