Sooo…we haven’t written lately.

We’ve had a tremendous response from stations and listeners, and are so grateful to be reaching so many folks. The blog has suffered a bit, but no longer! Mason Vander Lugt, a Catalog Librarian at Syracuse University’s E.S. Bird Library, will be bringing his talents to our site. He became interested in early American records in his years as a radio DJ at the University of California, San Diego’s student-run station, KSDT.  Mason has taken up the task of assembling an accessible history of early recording and popular American music. You can find his independent writing at

And you can read his very first Sound Beat post right now. Without any further ado: