Spring Fed Records is Grammy Award Winning record label operated by The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Spring Fed Records preserves and documents the traditional music of Tennessee and the Mid-South region through the release of recordings of historical and cultural importance. As part of MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, Spring Fed Records also serves as an experiential educational platform for students, and offers cultural outreach and education to the public.
RurAL fELICITY -Fiddle Tunes from 18th and 19th Century North America
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SFR's newest release, Rural Felicity, brings together a master fiddler, Jim Wood, with a collection of 18th and 19th American fiddle and fife tunes drawn from an extensive collection of historic manuscripts. The American Vernacular Music Manuscripts is an online collection of original, 1730-1910 music manuscripts that come from the collections of the Center for Popular Music and the American Antiquarian Society.
Jim carefully researched the site to choose over 40 tunes to arrange and record. His collection combines fiddle standards old and new, song melodies, airs, minuets, waltzes and more to offer a glimpse into the music people liked to play in their homes in America a century or more ago. Scholar, Chris Goertzen, an authority on early American fiddling, contributed a detailed essay for the liner notes that provide history and context about the tunes and the manuscript collection itself.
Rural Felicity should be available for purchase in December 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!
Eddie & Ruben Jimenez
Eddie and Ruben Jimenez, Música Alegre! Spring Fed Records is happy to present a historic and totally unexpected new recording from the first family of Conjunto music! Eddie Jimenez and Ruben Jimenez, sons of legendary conjunto founder Santiago Jimenez, Sr., play original conjunto polkas and redovas puro San Antonio style on the new CD “Música Alegre!” Eddie wrote the original tunes on this recording on his father’s two row Hohner accordion, and Ruben backs him up with a singular twelve string guitar style utilizing his own custom tunings and picking techniques. Eddie and Ruben might not have the global fame of Don Santiago’s other sons like Flaco Jimenez or Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (Eddie’s twin!) but they share the family’s unique old conjunto sensibility and make excellent music that but is all their own.
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I'm Not Gone Yet
"The music Roy plays is a music of the past, but it is still relevant today. This project has been one of the most enjoyable endeavors of my life, and I hope you all enjoy listening to Roy as much as I have enjoyed recording him, and more importantly learning how very important Roy is to the rich musical heritage of Tennessee and America as a whole"
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We're hard at work reissuing classic titles from the Davis Unlimited label. These limited run reissues feature the original album art and liner notes as well as remastered audio and bonus cuts from the Charles K. Wolfe audio collection at the Center for Popular Music. Get them from the Center for Popular Music.
Flattops & Fiddles
Classic recording featuring JT Perkins, Claudie Holt, Algie Suratt and Roy Crawford
JT Perkins Combined
Two of JT's classic LPs in one package!
Physical copies can be purchased from the CPM Marketplace.