Lost Radio Rounders

Lost Radio Rounders are Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck. Lindsay and Eck have been playing Historic American Music together for over 25 years, beginning with the popular Albany NY electric roots band, Chefs of the Future. It’s all acoustic now, with the duo accompanying themselves on guitar and mandolin along with flashes of dobro, ukulele, strumstick, autoharp and banjo. Eck and Lindsay take this stuff seriously, but they have lots of fun. Lost Radio Rounders is a natural extension of Lindsay and Eck’s fascination with the myriad sounds and styles of American folk music as first recorded in the early 20th century. But instead of a scratchy 78 rpm disc, Lost Radio Rounders audiences experience the thrill of the music firsthand. And thanks to what folklorist Alan Lomax called “the deep river of song,” no two performances are exactly alike.

In addition to concerts, club shows and, yes, radio appearances, Lost Radio Rounders also present a number of more style/artist specific programs, including “The Gospel Train: Historic American Spiritual & Religious Music,” “Lincoln And Liberty: Songs From The Time Of Honest Abe,” “Wildwood Flower: Songs Of The Original Carter Family” and “American Favorite Ballads: Songs From Folkways.” All are marked by the same fervor, the same joy and the same need to “do the radio boogie, all over the dial.”

Vocalist/guitarist Tom Lindsay began his musical career in the early 1980s, combining his skills as a songwriter with a nascent interest in recording. He receives regular praise for his full, genuine vocal talents.

Lindsay met Lost Radio Rounders' multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck while recording an album for Eck’s punk rock band, The Plague. Eck has appeared on stage with Patti Smith, Pete Seeger and members of 10,000 Maniacs; and recorded with Aimee Mann, Jon Brion and Kris McKay.

When I ordered my Loar LH-500 I was primarily interested in the look of the instrument," said Lindsay. "As the primary vocalist in Lost Radio Rounders, I felt the LH-500 would not only be snazzy, but also appropriate to the image we project, essentially that of a mountain gospel act from the 1930s or 40s."

Lindsay appreciates the playability, clean fretwork and perfect neck of the instrument. "Yes, The Loar looks fantastic, but it sounds great, too. It’s warm enough to lend support under my voice and under Michael’s mandolin and it has that well-defined arch-top projection that’s just right for our style of music."

Michael Eck got interested in The Loar after seeing Lindsay's experience with the LH-500.

"When I came across the LH-200 at a local guitar shop, I thought it would make a great companion piece visually, especially since we focus on early 20th century sounds for Lost Radio Rounders shows," said Eck.

"As soon as I sat down with The Loar I fell in love with the sound. I had long been looking at various 00-sized instruments and the LH-200 really fit the bill. It’s got the punchy midrange I need as the lead player in the duo, but it also sounds full behind vocal passages and it has that wonderful natural compression offered by a small body guitar when you strum hard."

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