At the Minstrel Show: Minstrel Routines From the Studio, 1894-1926 now available

At the Minstrel Show features 2 CDs with 51 selections recorded between 1894 and 1926 and 56 pages of notes by Tim Brooks, author of the just-released McFarland book The Blackface Minstrel Show in Mass Media. Many of the selections are discussed in the book. Learn more and order yours today →

The Missing Link: How Gus Haenschen Got Us From Joplin to Jazz and Shaped the Music Business now available

Now available: The Missing Link. This compilation features 25 selections that reshape the story of jazz’ beginnings on record, including all six of Gus Haenschen’s “Holy Grail” 78s from 1916. Includes new original research and writing by musician and historian Colin Hancock. Learn more and order yours today →

Arthur Fields Anthology: Singer, Songwriter, Soldier now available

Our newest release is a career retrospective of the great Arthur Fields, who had a long and prolific career as a songwriter, vaudevillian, recording artist, radio personality, and music publisher. Featuring 26 tracks and a 32-page booklet with notes by Grammy-nominated author Ryan Barna, Anthology: Singer, Songwriter, Soldier tells the story of Fields’ four-decade recording career, taking you on the journey from his very first recording (1914’s “Along Came Ruth”) to his last (a 1951 home recording of some of his hits, captured on wire). Learn more and order »



  • “Truly epochal reissues, which unearth completely forgotten chapters of musical history. The tiny Illinois-based Archeophone label has been doing that kind of archaeology for several years now, almost single-handedly championing the popular music of the acoustic recording era.”
    Jody RosenSlate.com
  • “In the digital age, when liner notes have been reduced to a song name scrolling across a streaming playlist, the husband-and-wife team of [Richard] Martin and Meagan Hennessey are an anomaly. They gather rarities from the earliest era of recordings, research the music and put out entire books of analysis alongside the music.”
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      The Hunt for the Banjo Orchestra Records

      Guest blog by Colin Hancock             The six sides recorded by Gus Haenschen’s Banjo Orchestra in 1916 are rare—very rare. In fact, before The Missing Link project was compiled, chances are no one had heard all six of them since they were first released. Gus himself stated that he never personally owned copies of the … Continue reading The Hunt for the Banjo Orchestra Records...
      posted: February 11, 2020

      One Night in June . . . Looking for the First Jazz Records in Scott Joplin’s Stomping Ground

      It’s only been a little more than a year since Colin Hancock first wrote us up with a rough idea about reissuing the six personal records made by Gus Haenschen and his banjo orchestra in 1916. We’d already released one of them, “Sunset Medley,” on our 2003 issue, Stomp and Swerve—and we’re big fans. So, … Continue reading One Night in June . . . Looking for the First Jazz Records in Scott Jopli...
      posted: February 3, 2020

      Meet Johnnie Myers

      Some of you like to research the old acoustic-era artists, searching for authoritative answers to their dates of birth and death or greater details on their lives than has been known heretofore. Maybe you have had the experience of digging in on an artist in newspapers, genealogy records, and other online archival databases, only to … Continue reading Meet Johnnie Myers
      posted: January 7, 2020

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