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Roots and Rhythms

Roots and Rhythms
Wednesday March 4th, 2015 with Stephen Neale
The Soul of Designer Records

TONIGHT: The Soul of Designer Records

Feature tracks from a 4-CD set that has come out through Big Legal Mess Records

Big Legal Mess Records is an Independent Record Label based in Oxford Mississippi and is distributed by Fat Possum Records.


Between 1967 and 1977 Designer label founder Style Wooten and his studio main man Roland Janes produced between 400 and 500 gospel singles.

Many of the artists they recorded came from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, but as the label’s reputation grew they began arriving from more far flung locales — Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, Ohio, the Carolinas, Florida, California — sometimes literally waiting in line for their turn to cut at Janes’ Sonic Studios.
Tone the Bells Easy
Gospel Songbirds - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
God is the Ruler from Above
The Breckenridge Singers - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Since He Touched Me
The Shaw Singers - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Try the Lord
Fantastic Gospel Travelers - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Trusted
Alberta Powell - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Walking Through the City
E.L Burtis - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
If I Could Not Say A Word
Joe Townsend - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
I'll Fly Away
The Wandering Five - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
How Good God has Been
Laura Bradley & The Famous South Land Singers - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Too Close to Turn Around
The Golden Travelers - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
When the World's on Fire
The Canton Spirituals - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Let Me Lean on You
Christian All Stars of Akron, OH - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
I Made it Over
Spiritual Q.C.s - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Get Right With Jesus
The Mighty Blytheville Aires - The Soul of Designer Records - Big Legal Mess Records
Interactive CKCU
Mike P.
This is some thorough and interest provoking offering of context and background info. Enjoying and impressed, thankyou.

8:39 PM, March 4th, 2015
Stephen Neale (host)
Thank you for listening and commenting too, Mike.

8:54 PM, March 4th, 2015
brucew
Nice show Steve. Thanks. Great to learn more about Roland Janes - I was only familiar with the Sun part of his career.

12:33 PM, March 5th, 2015
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