It can’t be easy making crate-diggers’ dreams come true on a regular basis the way the Numero Group has done with their reissues of lost ’60s/’70s indie classics rescued from the dustbin of history. But now the label has committed to even further enriching the collections of old-school record geeks, with a new reissue series and a vinyl-only imprint.
Following in the footsteps of the Eccentric Soul and Wayfaring Strangers series, Numero is set to debut the first volume of Local Customs, focusing on bygone local, mostly middle-American scenes, where " entrepreneurs in nowhere towns…documented the recordings of their fellow citizens, and issued their songs on tiny labels and in even tinier pressing." Things kick off on March 3 with Downriver Revival, digging into material recorded in an Ecorse, MI basement, from garage rock to jazz and funk, between the late ’60s and early ’80s. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also see the inaguration of their vinyl-only Numerophon sub-label, whose first record will be Songs of Leaving, a collection of material by little-known ’60s folk artist Niela Miller, whose "Baby Don’t Go to Town" was said to have been appropriated and rewritten as the classic "Hey Joe."