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Dust-to-Digital Offers a Wonderful Mother's Day Tribute Collection

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Never a Pal Like MotherOne of our favorite labels, Dust-to-Digital, salutes all the mothers with an exquisitely-designed 96-page hardback book featuring 65 antique photographs from such noted collectors as Sarah Bryan and Jim Linderman. Included are two CDs containing 40 vintage recordings from 1927-1956 from such esteemed 78 collectors as Joe Bussard. Artists include the Louvin Brothers, Bob Wills, Wade Mainer, Maddox Brothers & Rose, the Carter Family, and more. Never a Pal Like Mother is a treasure tribute to mothers past, present and future. See complete track list below.

Since the earliest days of recording history, musicians have often honored his/her mom in song. The performances included on Never a Pal Like Mother: Songs & Photographs of the One Who’s Always True exhibit some of the finest examples of these recordings in the country, blues, gospel and jazz genres. The sincerity heard in these vintage songs transports the listener to a time when the world moved much slower and when family meant almost everything. (Click here to listen to the audio.)

Never A Pal Like Mother Gift SetIn addition to the two CDs of music, the hardcover book features vintage photographs from several of the world's finest private collections. The images provide a visual compliment from the same era as the rich sounds. A moving introduction by Rosanne Cash and a poignant essay by Sarah Bryan round out this two-CD / hardcover book collection.

Since this set was released so close to Mother’s Day 2011 we want to make a very special offer to you now. With Mother’s Day on Sunday May 13th there is ample time to make this the perfect gift for the special mom in your life. We are offering free gift wrap and custom cards for each order, and we will also donate 15% of each sale to Meals for Moms.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America, which feeds seniors in need across the country, is launching its annual Meals for Moms campaign to raise awareness of homebound senior moms facing the threat of hunger this Mother’s Day.

"We can feel our American past here: how we lived, how hard we worked, how we were a nation of travelers and wanderers, how we held fast to our faith, how great our losses were, how quickly death came, and how often our mothers were the rock and the lighthouse, the home inside our hearts. These songs could never be written in the age of jet travel, therapy, delayed adolescence, the internet, nor could they survive current popular ideas of human psychology. They are pristine and deeply wrought sonic images, unfiltered through modern expectations, and are all the more refreshing and thrilling for being so. Those of us who treasure American roots music are listening to the very center of its essence in this anthology: a nearly century-old collection of songs about the most important person in the entire lexicon." - Rosanne Cash, from the introduction to Never a Pal Like Mother

To take advantage of the free giftwrap and custom card, you can order direct from Dust-to-Digital via credit card, Paypal or by phone. Be sure to include the text for the card in the comments section of your order. Never a Pal Like Mother is also available via Amazon, Forced Exposure, or from one of these fine record shops. Thank you for your support, and happy Mother's Day!

Never A Pal Like MotherDust-to-Digital has release many albums of interest to bluegrass and Americana music fans. Last December we reported about Ain't No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely. Ain't No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely is written as an oral, biographical history taken from the recorded interviews of more than 1,000 people in the Appalachian Mountains who knew Brother Claude Ely. Coined as the King Recording Label's "Gospel Ranger," Brother Claude Ely was well-known and loved by many in the earlier part of the 20th century as both a religious singer-songwriter and a Pentecostal-Holiness preacher. Few people, however, knew the personal details of his childhood, military service, and years of hard work in the coal fields of southwestern Virginia.

In October, a fun DVD Let Your Feet Do the Talkin', a Buck Dancing Documentary was released. The 30 minute documentary film by Stewart Copeland features additional special features including deleted scenes, more live Performances, a dance workshop, To Hear Your Banjo Play (1947 documentary narrated by Pete Seeger with performances by Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry), and Jennifer (A short film by Copeland from 2008). All totaled, you get over 100 minutes on the topic of Buck Dancing.

Two of the finest albums were two volumes titled Art of Field Recording Volume I released in 2007 and the following year, Dust-to-Digital's Art of Field Recording Volume II was released. This album was nominated for a Grammy award also.

Bluegrass isn't bluegrass without the upright bass and Dust-to-Digital also released How Low Can You Go?: Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941) in 2006 as a tribute to this instrument. This three-CD box set, the first ever anthology of the upright bass, explores the earliest recorded history of the instrument. Without it, the revolutionary sound of American mongrel music of the last century would have been thin gruel indeed.

Dust-to-Digital collections are worthy of a place in any music library. The label produces outstanding collections with wonderful photographs, stories as well as the music. Their detail to providing a complete entertainment package is outstanding. For example, check out the tracks on Never a Pal Like Mother. You can sample some of the tracks on the Dust-to-Digital Mother web site.

Disc 1:

  1. "God Bless Her, She’s My Mother" by Louvin Brothers
  2. "The Pal That’s Always True" by Doc Hopkins
  3. "Little Moses" by Mr. & Mrs. Harmon E. Helmick
  4. "Mama Blues" by William McCoy
  5. "Mama’s Little Sunny Boy" by Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band
  6. "Mother's Love" by Mighty Destroyer
  7. "Mama Don’t Allow It" by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
  8. "Mama Says It’s Naughty" by Maddox Brothers & Rose
  9. "You Mother Heart Breakers" by Rev. J. M. Gates
  10. "Mother Came To Get Her Boy From Jail" by Wade Mainer
  11. "Mother’s Last Word To Her Son" by Washington Phillips
  12. "The Dixie Cowboy" by Taylor's Kentucky Boys
  13. "That’s No Way To Get Along" by Robert Wilkins
  14. "Only Mother Cares For Me" by Dixieland Jug Blowers
  15. "Whisper Softly, Mother’s Dying" by Kid Smith And Family
  16. "Hold Fast To The Right" by Carter Family
  17. "Mother Called Her Child To Her Dying Bed" by Lil McClintock
  18. "A Mother’s Last Word To Her Daughter" by Washington Phillips
  19. "Mother Is With The Angels" by Wright Brothers Quartet
  20. "Sleep On, Mother" by Diamond Four
Disc 2:
  1. "Mother's Gone" by J. P. Ryan
  2. "Stand In The Test In Judgment" by Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
  3. "Mama, Where You At?" by Leo Soileau
  4. "Kujawiak Babki (Grandmother's Dance)" by Jan Wysowski
  5. "Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again" by Bob Wills
  6. "My Mother's Hands" by Shortbuckle Roark & Family
  7. "The Picture On The Wall" by Georgia Yellow Hammers
  8. "Where Is My Momma?" by Carolina Twins
  9. "I've Got The Blues For Mammy" by Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
  10. "Motherless Child Blues" by Elvie Thomas
  11. "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" by Rev. Anderson Johnson
  12. "Tell Mother I'll Meet Her" by The Virginia Possum Tamers
  13. "Shake Mother's Hand For Me" by Golden Eagle Gospel Singers
  14. "Mother Went Her Holiness Way" by Blue Sky Boys
  15. "Mother Bowed" by The Pilgrim Travelers
  16. "Will My Mother Know Me There?" by L. V. Jones & His VA Singing Class
  17. "The Bright Crystal Sea" by Cecil Surratt & His W. VA Ramblers
  18. "Over The Hills And Far Away" by McNulty Family
  19. "Masanga" by Leon Bukasa
  20. "Sleep On Mother, Sleep On" by Lonnie McIntorsh
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