From the Detroit Free Press:
After reading about the River Street Anthology in the Detroit Free Press, state archivist Mark Harvey called up its creator, singer-songwriter Matt Jones, and asked how he could help. Now Harvey and the staff at the Archives of Michigan have partnered with Jones to help him digitally preserve local music history and assist him in future recording sessions.
Jones, an Ypsilanti musician who has released a handful of albums over the last decade, has dedicated the last 18 months to a grand recording project that’s intent on capturing live performances from as many Michigan artists as possible. (You can learn more about the project at www.facebook.com/riverstreetanthology.)
This project is different from those typically undertaken by the Archives of Michigan because it’s live and ongoing. “We’re not looking to run (Jones’) show,” Harvey said. “He is the River Street Anthology, and we don’t want him to stop. We’re committed to telling the diverse stories of all people in Michigan, and (Jones’) project is doing exactly that. Plus, it’s a way to introduce new audiences to the archives as a public resource.”
Preservica is the trade name for the electronic archive that will protect and preserve Jones’ digital recordings. In the near future, Harvey said, recorded songs and project information will be available at the archives website: seekingmichigan.org.
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