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Another Grammy Nomination For Champaign’s Archeophone Records

Front cover photo for "Songs of the Night."

Front cover photo for "Songs of the Night." Archeophone Records

A Champaign-based record label known for breathing new life into historic recordings has picked up its latest nomination for a Grammy award.  The nomination announced Monday for Best Album Notes marks a total of 12 for Archeophone Records.

The label re-issues archived recordings from the late 1800’s and mid-1920’s, when recordings were made acoustically, without electricity.

Ryan Barna collaborated with the label on ‘Songs of The Night: Dance Recordings 1916-1925’ to write about violinist and band leader Joseph C. Smith, who transformed early 20th century dance music, including the waltz and fox trot. 

Early photo of Joseph C. Smith

Photo Credit: Archeophone Records

"Researcher Ryan Barma has uncovered new information on Smith's life and shares valuable insights into the bandleader's singular contributions during the rapidly-changing world of early-century dance music," said label co-founders Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey. 

Archeophone has one Grammy win to its credit – a 2006 Best Historical Album nod for ‘Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry.’

The Grammy Awards will be February 15th in Los Angeles.