When our former file hosting site (DivShare) went kaput in March, 2015, all the sound files on this blog disappeared into the ether. Discouraged, I moved on to other things, but the voices unfairly resigned to a digital purgatory kept nagging me and calling me back. I'm pleased to announce that after three years of silence, the sound files on Wired For Sound have now been restored via a new hosting site, Soundcloud.
It appears that many of the files on this blog were also cloned by YouTube users (or were uploaded from their own collections in some cases). Since I don't have any faith that Soundcloud will be any more reliable or longer-lived than DivShare, I've linked to these YouTube videos in many cases.
A few B-sides were lost during the reconstruction, but 98% of the songs on the blog in March, 2015, are back again -- sometimes in improved sound.
I've also added sound files to former posts that had none, such as the Lightnin' Hopkins, George Ogg, and Durwood Haddock pages, and while doing that I decided that a complete sweep of the blog was necessary to bring it up to date. Dead links were corrected or deleted, new information was added to certain pages, and new images were added where I could find them.
Here are the pages most affected by the renovation:
"No Color in Poor": San Antonio's Harlem Label - Sound files added for most releases, and the discography has been updated to include the two Harlem LPs released by L.R. Docks in 1979. We've come a long way since 1998, when I first began searching (in vain) for any information on this label.
Otis Glover on Phamous 101 - Updated and rewritten to include information from a 1951 article about the Phamous label that ran in the Austin American-Statesman, and more information about "Blind Boy" Otis Glover.