Cleveland-Based Musicians, Record Company Teaming Up to Benefit Ohio ACLU

Nov 13, 2017

A record-cutter like this one was used by John and Alan Lomax to document folk music in the 1930s for the Library of Congress. And now it's being used in Cleveland by Clint Holley at the Earnest Tube to record local musicians for an LP benefiting the Ohio ACLU.
Credit THE EARNEST TUBE

A Cleveland recording engineer -- who’s concerned about human rights -- is putting together a retro fundraiser for the ACLU of Ohio.

Clint Holley has recorded about three dozen artists in the past year directly to disk – no tape, no computers. Now, he has commissioned ten of his friends in the Northeast Ohio music scene to contribute to the album “Analog Rebellion.”

Holley says he was partly inspired to use direct-to-disc recording since it’s the same process used by John and Alan Lomax to preserve folk music for the Library of Congress in the 1930s.

“Folk music, by and large, usually tells some kind of story or relates some bit of news. It gives insight into the mind of the person who’s singing it at the time. So I think what they kind of obliquely discovered was that these songs are capturing not only the regional sounds but also the thought patterns and what was on people’s minds.”

Another motivation for Holley was the election of Donald Trump and concerns about how the new administration might impact people’s rights.

“I'm a pretty liberal-minded guy and brainstormed this thing to do something local that could actually help make an impact in the long run. Instead of getting on Facebook and complaining about it, I figured it's best just to do something, no matter how small; sometimes that helps push everything forward.”

A crowdfunding campaign for “Analog Rebellion” ends on December 31, and Holley expects the album will be pressed next spring at Cleveland-based Gotta Groove Records.