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