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.
Haley release event in Nashville
After more than six years of work, the Haley family box set has been released! The set includes 7 CDs and a 105 page liner notebook with essays and Haley family photos. Many previously unreleased cuts all expertly restored by audio engineer, Martin Fisher.
Producers, John Fabke, Steve Haley and Greg Reish along with liner note contributor and musician, Brittany Haas and musicians Bobby Taylor, Austin Derryberry, Tessa Dillon, Henry Barnes, Bruce Molsky and others recently gathered at Clifftop for a workshop with music and discussion about this amazing set of music. Now that the set has been officially released, they available for purchase through a number of different outlets. Get your copy through the Center for Popular Music Marketplace Page and from our friends at County Sales and from our distributor, Burnside at Amazon.
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RECENT RELEASES FOR 2022!
Classic rock ‘n’ roll, country, and gospel influences combine seamlessly in this twenty-song collection drawn from the sixty-plus-year performing and recording career of southeast Missourian and local music legend Joe Keene. Keene spent thirty of those years performing— sometimes seven nights a week—in small clubs spread across rural southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas. Following his retirement from performing in 1987, Keene continued to write, record, and run his recording studio, Kennett Sound Studios, in Kennett, Missouri.
Stream, download or purchase HERE or from the CPM Marketplace page HERE
Read a recent review from SKOPE magazine!
Wally Bryson-Fiddle Tune collection
RurAL fELICITY -Fiddle Tunes from 18th and 19th Century North America
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The newest Davis Unlimited reissue features the fiddling of one of the finest bluegrass, contest and old time fiddlers of the mid-south, Wally Bryson. This new release contains Bryson's mid '70s, instrumental LPs, Country Fiddling and Just Jamming in one package. The CD includes the original liner notes and remastered audio by Martin Fisher. Physical copies available at the Center for Popular Music Marketplace Physical, download and streaming available through the Orchard
SFR's recent 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.
Stream Rural Felicity Here
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Purchase CDs from Center for Popular Music Here
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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