Thursday, March 06, 2008

Arcania International On the Air Again (sort of)

Another installment of "Captive Audio" ran on WVTF's "Morning Edition," featuring music from the Arcania International label. Reporter Connie Stevens is using Arcania's CD reissues of 1960's soul and garage band records as a starting point for a series about forgotten Virginia artists.

The latest installment is an interview with Gene Brumley of Gene & the Teen Beats from Martinsville, Virginia. Stevens did an excellent job, and Brumley shares some great stories.

Gene & the Teen Beats (later the Team Beats when the band started aging) have tracks on Arcania International's "Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 1." And although Brent Hosier's liner notes are pretty extensive, there's not a lot of overlap between his entry for Gene & the Teen/Team Beats and what Connie Stevens presents.

Which is great.

I admit that I have a vested interest in this series (we carry Arcania International's releases), but just as a listener, I'm really excited about this oral history chronical "Captive Audio's" creating.

Can't wait for the next installment!

- Ralph

BTW - The other band mentioned in the segment, Captain Darby and The Buccaneers, can be found on "Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things, Volume Fore (sic)."

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