Elvis Costello praises the collection Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song & Dance From Northern Greece, 1928-1958 in the January 2016 edition of Mojo Magazine, "The Best Thing I've Heard All Year."
Christopher King is a discoverer of lost worlds. Musical worlds. Nestled in a small room in a medium-sized home in the expansive hills of Virginia, King has been digging through old barns and cellars looking for 78's for his entire adult life. An obsessives' obsessive, he has accumulated one of the most fascinating collections of once-overlooked music anywhere. For a number of years he has curated highly sophisticated—and celebrated—collections of music themed around some of the most elemental questions humanity has forever faced: love, loss, pain and work.
From ultra-early blues to unknown European mountain music, King searches so the rest of us don't have to. From his epic debut: "People Take Warning! (Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs, 1917-1934)" to "Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece," King, the owner and sole proprietor of Long Gone Sound Productions, has created a catalogue of thematic albums from his collection of the oldest and rarest of old time recorded music.
From Geeshie Wiley discoveries to the plaintive folks songs of afflicted Albanians, the one constant is the absolute beauty Christopher King unearths again and again. Come explore with us...
Christopher King at Steady Sounds Saturday, May 25. 3-4 p.m.
Nelson County’s Chris King is one of those people I’ve met through the years covering regional music stories that I’m truly proud to know. His passion for old-time music, and his innovative and meticulous work as a sound engineer, is an inspiration to many people, including such quirky friends of his as Tom Waits and R. Crumb. Working on unique collections for Tompkins Square Records, Angry Mom Records and others has netted him one Grammy win and seven nominations. King, a member of the Richmond Folk Festival programming committee, comes to town for a rare (his first!) DJ spot playing an hour’s worth of old 78s featured on several of his past and future projects — with titles such as “People Take Warning! Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs, 1913-1938” and “Mama I’ll Be Long Gone! the Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin, 1929-1934” (the latter was featured in a must-read profile by The New York Times’ Amanda Petrusich in last year’s Oxford American Music Issue). King also will be hanging original artworks by R. Crumb, Matthew Greenway and Sylvia Potts that were used as covers for the projects, and he’ll stick around for a bit to answer questions after playing music. The event goes down Saturday, May 25, from 3-4 p.m. at Steady Sounds. steadysounds.com. — Brent Baldwin