Ledbetter formed Dust-to-Digital
to release the box set called Goodbye, Babylon
which features six CDs of gospel songs and sermons recorded
between 1902-1960. The set has garnered praise from people
like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and bands like Arcade Fire.
It won the Alex Award for best box set in 2004, the same
year it received two Grammy® Awards nominations including
one for Ledbetter for production in the Best Historical
Album category. In April 2008, the label’s most recent
release, Art of Field Recording Volume I, was the
subject of an article in the New Yorker.
Margolies is the Batten Associate
Professor of History at Virginia Wesleyan College and
the author of Henry Watterson and the New South: The
Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization,
published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2006.
Current research project revolves around the Latinization
of the South, particularly in terms of migrant music and
McNair’s novel, Land
O' Goshen (St. Martin's Press, 1994) received a Pulitzer
Prize nomination for fiction and widespread critical acclaim.
He’s currently Book Editor at Paste Magazine, a
nationally distributed culture and music publication.
His writing has appeared in many literary and commercial
publications, including Saturday Review, Paste, Southern
Living,The Black Warrior Review, Negative Capability,
Rosenbaum is a painter,
muralist, draftsman, collector and performer of traditional
folk music, writer, and Wheatley Professor Emeritus
at the University of Georgia, where he taught studio
art for 30 years. His friend, the late Rev. Howard Finster
wrote: “Art Rosenbaum has a lot of fun, playing
his banjow (sic) in many tunes, weaving his art on golden
looms.” New York playwright Len Jenkin wrote,
“Art Rosenbaum is a great American painter. Smart
as hell, raw and beautiful, all heart, soul, and music.”
In 2007 a major 4 CD box set compilation of his field
recordings, “Art of Field Recording Vol. I,”
was released by Dust-to-Digital; Vol. II will be released
in December 2008.
Rosenbaum is a film maker
living in Southeast Missouri. He will be screening, "Sing
My Troubles By," a documentary about the lives
and music of several elderly Georgia women who continue
to perform older styles of traditional music that they
have known all their lives.