Thursday, April 29, 2021

WESN Show #49 - April 29, 2021


ARTISTTRACKLABELYEARTOWN / CITY
Wild Child Gipson & The Peoria Soul MerchantsBoogaloo Train To PeoriaC.A.B.1966Peoria
Luther Ingram & The G-MenI Spy (For The F.B.I.)Smash1966Alton
Smokin' BrainBenny's CribVincent1973Rockford
LaVel MooreThe World Is ChangingYodi1972East St. Louis
Leroy Knox & The GaypoppersThe Mistakes I MadeSoul Sounds1969Champaign
The EboniesHe Didn't Want To Lose (His Good Thing)Mid-West1968Springfield
The Young Disciples & Co.Crumbs From The TableGateway1968East St. Louis
Brother Jack McDuffLet My People GoCadet1968Champaign
Birdlegs & PaulineToo Much At StakeNumero196?Rockford
The MontclairsHey You! Don't Fight It!Arch1969East St. Louis
Count Demon & His Four MembersC-C RiderStar1967Champaign
Chuck WallaceI Need Your Love (To Help Me Out)Rudy1969Cairo
Wayne Carter & Organ TwistersWahoo, Wahoo, WahooMootrey's1973Decatur
Major & The LieutenantsLove, Peace and SoulHHH1970Rockford
Illini ConnectionYour Mother UnderstoodSilver Dollar1977Champaign
Capitol Express (Don Smith)If I Ever Needed Your Love- no label -197?Springfield



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The McLean County Discography is now available!

For the last several years we've been working hard to document every music recording with connections to Bloomington-Normal and McLean County, Illinois.  This includes musicians and artists that were born in the county as well as those that came to call it home.  The result is a discography of hundreds of records. 

From privately pressed singles to major label hits, the area has produced a surprising number of  releases in a variety of genres.  Rock, pop, R&B, jazz, country and folk are all represented here.

The discography currently covers 1939 to 1990 and is limited to vinyl (and shellac) record releases.  We hope to continue to expand this list to include other formats in the coming months. If you or someone you know from McLean County released a record, particularly before 1991, please get in touch and we can add it to the list. 

For the full list:  McLean County Discography




Saturday, April 3, 2021

Return To The Airwaves!

The Downstate Sounds radio show returns to the air on Thursday April 29th at 8 pm on WESN 88.1 FM in Bloomington, Illinois or listen online using TuneIn.