Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Welcome to Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic. I have decided to start my own blog to share the fruits of a lifetime accumulation of great music. I was inspired to do so after seeing great blogs like "Western Swing On 78" and "Uncle Gil's". I feel this is the best way to share our great collections and promote the music we love to the public at large.
Posts will occur when I am able, and probably with no particular pattern or order. My preference for vintage country music will no doubt be evident, although I will post anything I feel is worthy, and my choices may be somewhat eclectic at times. I will really try to feature material that is not readily available elsewhere, either on CD or as downloads.
I have spent a number of years refining my ability to make the cleanest possible digital transfers of the recordings in my collection. It is with some pride that I say I am capable of transferring nearly every format ever used, from 16" radio transcription disks to 8-track tapes. I've heard the digital restoration process described as a "black art" and I do feel as a musician myself that a discerning ear must be used to achieve the best possible result. Often, too much tinkering or alteration is far worse than none at all.
As "Lonesome Lefty", I am a roots artist from Southwestern Ontario and many of the recordings I have amassed were collected in the search for great vintage material to perform. I used to pass out cassette compilations of material from my collection at gigs. As I don't really get much chance to perform anymore, I am looking forward to sharing my collection here, and hopefully meeting some more great folks along the way. Now on to the music...................