This past weekend the New York Times Magazine cover story flashed a long overdue spotlight on Paramount Records and its incredible phantom performers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. If you missed the print edition, you can check out the article online here. It’s an incredibly intriguing and illuminating piece of investigative journalism, and to our eyes and ears they did a fantastic job with the multi-media aspect of the story as well. Please do set some time aside and give it a thorough read.
An expanded version of their story and all Geeshie and Elvie’s tracks will be included later this year in Third Man / Revenant Records' much-anticipated Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32). Rise & Fall Vol. 2 is the sequel and final chapter to our limited edition 2013 release, Vol. 1 (1917-27), the story of the label that would be king of early American blues, jazz and “wholly other” music. Volume 1 has been called “spectacular” (NY Times), “unprecedented” (Rolling Stone), “breathtaking” (Boing Boing) and a “treasure to pass on to the grandkids“ (Southern Living). Find out more about our Rise & Fall Volume One here and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news regarding Volume Two coming your way soon!