For years, there have been whispers of a lost treasure-trove of country
recordings hidden away somewhere in the Northeast. Tapes of George Jones,
Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Tammy
Wynette, Buck Owens, Charley Pride, and other icons - a veritable all-star
spectacular - were among those rumored to be languishing in obscurity.
"Everybody had heard about these tapes," says J Franze, a North Shore
[Boston] audio engineer who has worked extensively in Nashville. "But nobody
really believed they existed."
Last year, the myth became reality. Hundreds of tapes were pulled from a
barn in southern Pennsylvania, recordings made at high schools, dances,
fairs, festivals, and auditoriums in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland,
and elsewhere. It was a fantasy collection, more than 1,000 unreleased live
recordings by country music royalty.
(A long and intriguing story, with audio samples.)