• Das Barbecü and JMU’s Awesome Musical Theatre collection

    One of the endless discussions among high school performers is “What are the best schools for “musical theatre” (or “theater” depending on denominational differences).  That question will never be answered.  However, we might know what academic institution has one of the best musical theatre recording collections in the country…JMU! In addition to thousands and thousands […]

    Das Barbecü and JMU’s Awesome Musical Theatre collection
  • CD Review by Taven Wilson: Townes Van Zandt Live at the Old Quarter, Houston Texas

    Recorded in 1973 and released in 1977 on the Tomato label, Live at the Old Quarter testifies to the stark beauty and playful mastery of Townes Van Zandt’s songwriting while shedding a bit of light on the personality of one of the most enigmatic characters to ever pick a folk tune or drawl a country-blues […]

    CD Review by Taven Wilson: Townes Van Zandt Live at the Old Quarter, Houston Texas
  • Searching for Madison’s String of Pearls

    Stories begin in all manner of ways ~“once upon a time…” or “…a dark and stormy night…” even with a big BANG, but this story begins with an email.  The email in question arrived on the 9th of March 2012 from an Ohio researcher and collector of Glenn Miller ephemera who believed that there was […]

    Searching for Madison’s String of Pearls
  • Historical DAT to CD transfer complete!

    There is no doubt that The School of Music Performance Collection housed in the Music Library contains many unique, great performances – to name a few:  CMF guest: Libby Larsen1999 Contemporary Music Festival XIX   The 31st Annual Contemporary Music Festival: The Claudia Quintet   Guest Artist: Denyce Graves 28th Annual James Madison University Contemporary […]

    Historical DAT to CD transfer complete!