Music of diverse origins from America’s past and present in genres including country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others, on labels such as Rounder, Testament, Document, Folkways, Stax, Rebel, County, etc.
The songs are by and about Native Americans, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, cowboys, and ordinary folk and address topics ranging from the American Revolution and Civil War to political campaigns and civil rights. Genres include country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.
Recordings from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, from New World, CRI, Albany, Cedille, and other independent labels.
DRAM preserves and makes available recordings from a set of independent labels possibly overlooked by commercial vendors.