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Founded by Lance Ledbetter in 1999, Dust-to-Digital is currently operated by Lance and his wife April in Atlanta, Georgia. Dust-to-Digital began its mission of creating access to hard-to-find music by producing high-quality books, box sets, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records.

The company continues those efforts and has also evolved to the media delivery standards of today — namely the computer and smart phone. By combining research with images, audio and videos, Dust-to-Digital is continuing to entertain and to educate new audiences of adventurous listeners. 

In 2012, Lance and April Ledbetter started a non-profit organization. Music Memory was formed as a way to take action to ensure the sounds and recordings of our past would be preserved. The goal of this company is to make the music from the past available to researchers, teachers and the public so that it can educate and enlighten present and future generations. To date, Music Memory has digitized over 49,000 recordings.

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“The rise of Dust-to-Digital has been perhaps the most important catalyst in exposing younger generations to traditional American folk music since Harry Smith’s ‘Anthology’.”

~ No Depression

 

 




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ARTICLES & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


“Gold-standard reissue label… Although the folklorists lugging around tape recorders (and the performers carrying on ancient traditions) are worthy of much heralding, it’s equally astounding how essential Lance Ledbetter’s work at Dust-to-Digital has been to the preservation of traditional American folksong. It’s easy to buy and appreciate these sets without realizing that the bulk of the material might have been lost — or, at the very least, tethered to archives, readily accessible only to curious faculty, paper-writing students, and bespectacled researchers — without Ledbetter’s interference.” — Pitchfork

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 


Grammy® Awards
2004
Goodbye, Babylon
Nominated for Best Historical Album
Nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

2006
Fonotone Records 1956-1969
Nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

2008
Art of Field Recording Volume I
Winner of Best Historical Album
Nominated for Best Liner Notes

2009
Take Me to the Water
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2012
Opika Pende
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2013
Pictures of Sound
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2014
Longing for the Past
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2015
Folksongs of Another America
Nominated for Best Liner Notes

2015
Parchman Farm
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2016
Music of Morocco
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2017
Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams
Nominated for Best Historical Album

2018
Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris
Winner of Best Historical Album
Winner of Best Liner Notes

Florida Historical Society
2013
Drop on Down in Florida
Winner of Stetson Kennedy Award

Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards
2008
How Low Can You Go?
Nominated for Reissue/Historical Box Set of the Year

Living Blues Awards
2007
Desperate Man Blues Soundtrack CD
Winner of Best Historical Reissue

2007
Lance Ledbetter
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

2014
David Evans
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

2014
Lance Ledbetter
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

2017
Michael Corcoran
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

2017
April Ledbetter
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

2017
Lance Ledbetter
Winner of Historical Producer of the Year

Society for Ethnomusicology
2014
Longing for the Past
Winner of Bruno Nettl Prize

2017
Music of Morocco
Nominated for Bruno Nettl Prize

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