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Richmond's OKeh Sessions

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Richmond's OKeh Sessions

Richmond's OKeh Sessions

Richmond's OKeh Sessions

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In October, 1929, 30 different groups from across Virginia converged on Richmond for sessions organized by OKeh Records. Though no future "stars" were "discovered" the Richmond sessions provide a lens on the musical diversity of Virginia at the time — blues, "old time," shape-note singing, Hawaiian music. The sessions are the subject of an exhibition at the Library of Virginia and the surviving performances are included on a new CD set. Peter Soloman of member station WCVE reports.