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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
Formats/Genres: Sound Recordings
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.
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.
Acquisition Source: Richard Kubetz
Acquisition Method: Donation
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.
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.