Finding Aid for Richard Kubetz Photographs and Papers, 1975-2012 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Richard Kubetz Photographs and Papers, 1975-2012Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/149

Primary Creator: Richard Kubetz

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized by type of material and then arranged chronologically thereunder.

Date Acquired: 03/22/2016

Subjects: Bluegrass Music, Newsletters, Photographs, Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Formats/Genres: Sound Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of photographic prints, slides, press clippings, interviews, and sound recordings documenting the bluegrass music scene of the Urbana-Champaign, Illinois community between 1975 and 2012 with a special focus on the early music career of Alison Krauss and the band, Union Station.

Biographical Note

Richard Kubetz (January 1, 1954 - ) a University of Illinois graduate and employee, is a marketing and communications specialist with ties to the Urbana-Champaign, IL music scene. Kubetz graduated from the University in 1976 with a bachelor of science in Communications, Radio, and Television, then returned to the university to earn a masters degree in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in 2010. A musician himself (primarily guitar, but also piano, tuba, mandolin, bass, and drums), Kubetz participated (primarily as a writer) in the Urbana-Champaign bluegrass music scene, beginning in the late-1970s. In addition to working for the C-U Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prairie Production group during the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote about and photographed a number of musicians in the area, including singers Megon McDonough and David Roth. In the late 1980s Kubetz interviewed a young Alison Krauss and her band Union Station, local musicians who had just been awarded a Nashville recording session by winning the Kentucky Fried Chicken Bluegrass Music Festival. Kubetz was introduced to Alison by her father, who he met at a local Kiwanis club. His interview with the emerging musician and her band was published in Bluegrass Unlimited in 1990. Kubetz also wrote and distributed newletters for  C.V. Lloyde, a music store in Champaign.

Subject/Index Terms

Bluegrass Music
Newsletters
Photographs
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Richard Kubetz

Acquisition Method: Donation


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Musician and Band Photographs and Slides, circa 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Photo/slide subjects include: Megon McDonough, 1975; Jen Bricker, 1977; The Rave, Punk Rock, 1977; and Willie Wells, undated.
Folder 2: Alison Krauss and Union Station, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Includes photographs, slides, contact sheets, interview transcripts, press releases, promotional materials, news clippings, and two copies of the October 1988 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.
Folder 3: David Roth Promotional Materials, circa 1990Add to your cart.
Photographs, flyers, and press materials for singer/songwriter David Roth.
Folder 4: C.V. Lloyde Music Center Newsletters and Flyers, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Item 1: Different Strokes, "Fiddle Tunes", 1986Add to your cart.

LP (33 1/2 RPM) Jim Hoiles & Friends (Alison Krauss, Maurice Bruce "Swamp" Weiss, and Viktor Krauss).

Side one: Sally Goodin'; One Hundred Pipers; Swamp's Reel; Dusty Miller, Nate's Waltz; Go Hither to Go Yonder

Side two: Grey Eagle, Morrison's Reel; Song for Norman; Nick's Noodle; Stack of Barley; Daybrak in Dixie.

Item 2: Rhythm Manding, featuring Bolokada Conde, 2012Add to your cart.

CD sound recording. Recorded live at Summer Camp 2011 in Chillcothe, IL and at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in June 2011.

Track list: Guinea; Yarabi; Mamamama; Yagba; Soh; Djembe Kan; Balakulanyan; Mfaba; Yaba Yembe; Hamana Dundunba; Djembe Kan; Djona; Guinea.