Pilgrim Productions Presents: Voices Across America,
an archive of gospel music in a variety of genres, submitted for free play and download by church groups and folk and traditional groups across the country and beyond. Style, age, and quality vary greatly, but fans of noncommercial music will enjoy hunting for the gems of blues, Cajun, bluegrass, choral, shapenote, country, vintage, and mountain gospel and more.
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music
Photgrapher Henry Horenstein
's Honky-Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, 1972-1981
captures a sound in transition. This evocative collection of informal, black-and-white portraits of country musicians and fans in bars, backstage, and on the road illustrate a decade when smoky roadhouses and venerated venues
began to give way to the more mainstream Countrypolitan or "Nashville" sound
. Seminal artists like Mother Maybelle Carter
and Bill Monroe
mingled backstage with shinier newcomers like Dolly Parton
and Anne Murray
. But even as the commercial sound was dominating, youngsters mixing with old-timers sparked the first wave of old-time/bluegrass revival
, and some of the artists who got started then still carry
for a non-Nashville sound today. In this online exhibit you can watch it all unfold.