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WYSO's Sonic 60th: The Hot Mud Family


WYSO went on the air 60 years ago, and we’re celebrating by listening back to some highlights from our historic audio collection.

In the 1970s, local programs were flowering at WYSO. Antioch College students, WYSO staff members, and community volunteers collaborated to make programs then, as now. And live, local music was also a defining part of what made WYSO, WYSO. Here’s a recording of the Hot Mud Family – familiar to WYSO listeners and music lovers all over the country back then.

They had their start in the late 60s as folkies, but went deep into bluegrass and old time music as well. Here they are in 1974: Suzanne and Dave Edmundson, and Rick Good with guest fiddlers Van Kidwell and Greg Dearth.

The recording engineered by Randy Thom, who went on to become the head of sound design for LucasFilm and Skywalker Sound in California with – so far – two Academy Awards and 15 nominations.

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