Pioneering Recording and Publisher Ralph Peer

Written by on May 31, 2015

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On Episode 40 of Viking Twang, we celebrate the legacy of talent scout, producer, publisher and recording executive Ralph Peer, as detailed in the new book, “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music,” by Barry Mazor. Peer discovered countless artists, including the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, made sure that musicians and composers were fairly compensated, and brought musicians from regional music scenes into the recording studios and homes around the world.





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