We're revealing a track at a time from the 167-selection playlist, complete with a short blurb, image, and brief audio sample. Visit the archive to see all tracks revealed to date.
Census and Distribution of Tracks
OK, you numbers people. Get your pencils sharpened, because we’re going to draw some stats from our Before the Big Bang tracks.
We have now announced 50 of the 167 tracks appearing on the set; that’s nearly one-third of the total. Those 50 actually give a pretty good sampling of the types of people, material, and decades represented on the CDs. Let’s zoom in more closely.Read More
Don Richardson: The First Country Recording Artist?
For those skeptics who doubt that country music began with the 1927 Bristol Sessions, Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland are usually, hands down, their favored candidates for the artists who made the first commercial recordings of the genre. Read More
Produced by Grammy-winning Archeophone Records, Before the Big Bang tells the story of the seminal recordings that laid the foundation for the so-called “Big Bang of Country Music”—the historic recordings made in Bristol in 1927. Before the Big Bang spans 6 CDs and features more than 160 recordings (many of them now one-of-a-kind) going as far back as 1890. Subscribe to receive updates as the release date approaches.