'Local' Series To Spotlight Middle America

Reissue label the Numero Group has announced the launch of a new series, Local Customs, which will highlight lost sounds of middle America from the sixties and seventies, Billboard.biz has learned. The label will also launch a vinyl-only imprint, Numerophon, this spring.

The first release on Local Customs will be Downriver Revival, which chronicles the life of producer/music historian Felton Williams. Williams recorded his neighbors in a basement in Ecorse, Michigan, from 1967 until 1981. The album contains 24 tracks, covering gospel, group soul, garage-punk, northern, jazz, and funk.

The package also includes a DVD of over 200 sound recordings from Williams' archives and a 30 minute featurette on the making of Downriver Revival.

Numerophon's first release will be Songs Of Leaving, the complete songbook of New York folkie Niela Miller.

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