the purpose of Thumbin’ Radio is to preserve, archive, and evangelize the genre of vintage, country music;
I’m Mike. The guy behind Thumbin’ Radio.
If you love traditional, Country & Western music recorded from the 1920s through the early 1970s, you’ll love Thumbin’ Radio. A lot of the music that’s played here is ripped straight from the original vinyl. You’re likely to hear the vinyl scuffs and some surface noise. But it’s a small price to pay for hearing music you won’t hear anyplace else. Not only will you hear music from Buck, Merle, early Willie, Floyd Tillman, Skeets Macdonald, and others, you’ll also hear music from artists who recorded on small, regional labels during these years. Most of these artists were people just like you and I; they had day jobs but were passionate about performing the music. They never became well-known or earned much money from their music but their contributions to the genre of Country music can’t be denied.
In many ways, the unsung artists, who recorded on the smaller, regional labels, are the foundation that the Bucks and Merles built their legacies on.
We’ve lost a lot of the performers, session musicians, songwriters, and others who contributed to the genre. It seems every passing day brings us one more passing away.
The sole mission of Thumbin’ Radio is to preserve, archive, and evangelize the genre of vintage, country music; a genre of American music that still exists, just not in the mainstream. It exists in underground bar rooms and honky-tonks all across the world. In many ways, real, traditional, Country music is right back in those underground honky-tonks all over the world. Thumbin’ Radio’s priority is to preserve and share the heritage, while also bringing attention to those playing and performing the genre today.
If you like what you hear or what I’m trying to do with Thumbin’ Radio, shoot me a note. Would love to hear from you.
Thumbin’ Radio originally broadcast from 2012 to January 2015. I had to suspend it for a while, but as of August 15, 2016, Thumbin’ Radio is back.
Hopefully it makes you as happy as it does me.