Something New (heard each Wednesday afternoon from 4-7 on WTJU) takes a backseat this Independence Day, as Uncle Dave Lewis does a program on The Midwestern Ties that Bound Ohio Valley String Band Music. Between 1922 and 1952 two midwestern cities dominated the recording of American traditional and bluegrass music; Richmond, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. Although Nashville’s “Music City” took over the field starting in the early 1950s, Cincinnati still remained one of the leading centers of recording traditional music for about another 30 years. The roles these cities played in the preservation and propogation of such styles have been overlooked in the past, but interest in this history is steadily growing.
Throughout the program, Uncle Dave will hit some of the high points and to share rarities from his extensive personal collection of Midwestern discs to illustrate the various strings that stretched to Cincinnati from Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana.