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David Freeman (music historian)

David Freeman (born May 22, 1939) is a collector, historian, and authority on old-time and bluegrass music. Freeman started the County Records label in 1963 in his native New York to focus on Southern string band music, and began the companion mail-order record retail company County Sales in 1965.[1] He moved both businesses to Floyd, Virginia in 1974. In 1977, Freeman started the Record Depot wholesale distribution company in Roanoke, Virginia, specializing in bluegrass and old-time music. In 1978 he helped his graphic artist Barry Poss start a bluegrass music record label, Sugar Hill Records, in Durham, North Carolina.[2] In 1980, Freeman bought Charlottesville-based Rebel Records, a pioneering bluegrass label, from Charles Freeland, one of the label's founders.[3] Freeman was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 2002.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Wolfe, Charles (2004). "Dave Freeman and County Records". In Thomas Goldsmith. The Bluegrass Reader. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. pp. 157–164. ISBN . 
  2. ^ Hoffman, Frank and Ferstler, Howard, ed. (2005). "Country Records (sic)". Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2nd ed.). CRC Press. pp. 245–246. ISBN . 
  3. ^ Wyatt, Marshall (1999-08-11). Every County Has Its Own Personality", An Interview With David Freeman""". The Old-Time Herald. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ Biography on website of the International Bluegrass Music Museum (accessed February 22, 2007).

External links

  • County Sales website

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