200 episodes

Host Bryan Wright brings you a variety of 78 rpm records from the 1900s through the 1950s on each "Shellac Stack" program. You'll hear jazz, dance bands, blues, ragtime, vocals, country, classical, and more -- all direct from original 78 rpm pressings.

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Host Bryan Wright brings you a variety of 78 rpm records from the 1900s through the 1950s on each "Shellac Stack" program. You'll hear jazz, dance bands, blues, ragtime, vocals, country, classical, and more -- all direct from original 78 rpm pressings.

    Shellac Stack No. 324

    Shellac Stack No. 324

    Shellac Stack No. 324 chirps with the birds! We dance with Bob Deikman, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, Nat Shilkret, the Savoy Havana Band, and others; laugh with Homer and Jethro; and relax with the National Cavaliers and the Victor Orchestra.

    • 58 min
    Shellac Stack No. 323

    Shellac Stack No. 323

    Shellac Stack No. 323 teases the frets with banjoist Michele Ortuso and swings by the waters of Minnetonka with Bob Haggart. We dance along with Nathan Glantz, Kenn Sisson, Glenn Miller, Art Landry, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, and others — and relax a bit with the Revelers and Freddie Rose. More too!

    • 58 min
    Shellac Stack No. 322

    Shellac Stack No. 322

    Shellac Stack No. 322 stomps up a storm with the Firehouse Five Plus Two, Lucky Millinder, Boyd Senter, Fletcher Henderson, Don Ewell, Georgie Auld, Jelly Roll Morton, and many others. Hot weather calls for hot music, and we’ve got it on this installment of the Shellac Stack!

    • 58 min
    Shellac Stack No. 321

    Shellac Stack No. 321

    Shellac Stack No. 321 salutes the ladies! From Keely Smith and Eartha Kitt to Ethel Waters, Annette Hanshaw, Helen Forrest, Dolly Dawn, and more, we spend this hour swingin’, swayin’, jumpin’, and relaxin’ with 16 female vocalists of the 1920s-1950s.

    • 58 min
    Shellac Stack No. 320

    Shellac Stack No. 320

    Shellac Stack No. 320 stampedes with Spike Hughes and His Dance Orchestra! We spend this tuneful hour in London with the likes of Jay Whidden, Jack Payne, Billy Cotton, Ray Noble, Billy Merrin, Harry Hudson, and other British dance bands of the 1920s and ’30s. Join us!

    • 58 min
    Shellac Stack No. 319

    Shellac Stack No. 319

    Shellac Stack No. 319 hikes with Ray Noble and the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra! We travel to recording studios around the world to hear Hawaiian guitars, Parisian swing, British dance bands, Central American marimbas, “Bohemian” waltzes — and we spice it all up with some American ragtime. Mutt Carey, Jan Garber, Lou Gold, Oscar Aleman, … Continue reading »

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

jtp527 ,

Always interesting, forever fascinating

I mostly listen to film related podcasts. Imagine my surprise when The Shellac Stack came up as a recommendation. How did they know I love old music and collect 78 RPM records?

Bryan Wright is the genial host of this well organized show. With over 200 episodes he has created a simple and consistent format. He pulls vintage 78 records from his collection and plays them. He also engages in a brief discussion giving all the pertinent information: the song, artist, composer, record label, date of recording and even the matrix number and any other interesting information. Most episodes clock in at just under an hour. The records generally span fifty years, 1900 well into the 1950s. The podcasts sound like a radio show, which is where he started, but better; there are no commercials or news breaks. Actually, I wouldn’t mind it a bit if he discussed the music more. A couple of episodes broke format when he was joined by his friend, JiHoon Suk. They shared records and knowledge and it was most interesting.

Many of the recordings are VERY obscure. Some of the songs and artists I haven’t even heard of. If you’re hoping to discover the music that time forgot, this is the podcast for you!

I would like to mention that our host is, in fact, Dr. Bryan Wright, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a musicologist, pianist and composer. He has several CDs to his credit and they are on his own label, Rivermont Records. I own some of them and they are most outstanding and I highly recommend them.

And I also highly recommend The Shellac Stack.

NitrateFan ,

Pure joy

I dare you to not to grin listening to this delightful, constantly surprising podcast showcasing rare 78 rpm recordings. Host Bryan White makes you feel as if you’re sitting with an old friend; his musical erudition is vast, but always presented with a dollop of humor. Long may the Shellac Stack keep spinning.

Tenor Horn ,

Great selections, great commentary!

This podcast is what the title suggests - a program featuring shellac 78 rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. The content is delightfully varied, with informative commentary and great way to learn about music and musicians from that era. The sound quality from these old records is surprisingly good, with minimal surface noise without sounding dull. I always look forward to each episode - I have been enjoying these since the beginning!

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