The Field Recorders’ Collective, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and distribution of noncommercial recordings of traditional American music, emphasizing material that is unavailable to the general public.

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“All things pass; all that lives must die. All that we prize is but lent to us, and the time comes when we must surrender it. We are travelers on the same road that leads to the same end.”

The Field Recorders’ Collective, originally formed with five collectors, is now a growing group of collectors who have generously agreed to share their field recordings with the old time community. Both the collectors and the musicians they recorded have traveled parts of the same old time music road. Members of the collective, just as did the musicians they recorded, wish to share both the tunes and the creative, individual styles that developed in isolated communities with others seeking their own right of way on the road.

Many of the musicians featured on the FRC’s CDs have been heard only sparingly on commercially-released recordings, and very few of these actual performances have previously been available commercially. Most of the musicians recorded by the collective have passed on, but in many cases we are in touch with their surviving relatives. We take satisfaction in sharing with the artists’ families (as well as with the collectors) a portion of the profit derived from the sale of these recordings. Judging from the letters of appreciation that we receive from the descendents of some of the musicians, both the profit-sharing as well as our commitment to honoring these musicians’ artistry are greatly appreciated.