The Mike and Meyer Files, by Joe Weber and Lew Fields, coming in May

With their potent mixture of slapstick and fractured German dialect comedy, the pioneering vaudeville duo of Joe Weber and Lew Fields can rightly be called the granddaddy of all American comedy teams. Now for the first time, all of the pair’s comedy recordings have been masterfully restored and compiled in one collection that tells the story of this hugely influential duo. The Mike and Meyer Files includes a 32-page booklet with new scholarship by celebrated authors Trav S.D., L. Marc Fields, and Richard Martin and will be released in May. See the tracklist and listen to samples →

Lambert Yiddish Cylinders Added to the National Recording Registry

The Yiddish selections issued on Lambert cylinders from 1901-1905 have just been added to  National Recording Registry. These recordings were researched and preserved on our 2016 compilation Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905.

Three GRAMMY Nominations for Archeophone

Grammy nominations have been announced, and three of our releases—4 Banjo Songs, Alpine Dreaming, and The Product of Our Souls—have been nominated in the field of Best Album Notes. Hats off to our writers, Dave Gilbert, Jim Leary, Richard Martin, and Ted Olson. And congrats to our esteemed friends and fellow nominees! The winner will be announced February 10, 2019.

4 Banjo Songs featured in The Washington Post

4 Banjo Songs, our collection of banjo recordings by Charles Asbury, is featured in today’s Washington Post. Read Geoff Edgers’ terrific piece and listen to the podcast.






  • “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.”
    Geoff EdgersWashington Post
  • “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


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