About

50 Miles of Elbow Room is based in Brooklyn, NY and directed by Adam Lore, with essential help from many gifted contributors. Activities under the 50 Miles moniker began in 1998, born out of a desire to disseminate information regarding Cooper-Moore, Daniel Carter, the No-Neck Blues Band, & others. Over the years, 50 Miles' focus has largely been on American vernacular music such as blues, gospel, old-time, & free jazz/improvisation.

50 Miles of Elbow Room #1, a print publication featuring the above artists plus Rev. Louis Overstreet, Prince Far I, & Matthew Shipp, was released in 2000. A second issue, with articles about Hamid Drake, Rev. Charlie Jackson, Louis Moholo, Otha Turner & the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, June Tyson, & Robert Pete Williams, was published in 2002. Contributors included Lynn Abbott, John Allen, Yancey Allison, Daniel Carter, Fitz Gitler, Matthew Heyner, Eric Hoffsten, Steven Joerg, David Nuss, Clare O'Dea, William Parker, John Fell Ryan, Phil Schaap, Matthew Shipp, David Shuford, & Thierry Trombert.

In earlier years, 50 Miles of Elbow Room produced or co-presented concerts by The Organic Trio, Isaiah Owens (as documented in the film Pray and Get Ready, by Tyler Bell), A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Cooper-Moore & William Parker, and a benefit/tribute for Otha Turner & Bernice Turner Pratcher. A program, subsequently catalogued as 50 Miles of Elbow Room #3, was produced & given to attendees of the lattermost concert.

Cooper Moore Box set

50 Miles of Elbow Room #4 was set of five 7" records of solo recordings by Cooper-Moore, housed in a branded cedar wood box & accompanied by a 16-page booklet. It was released in 2004 as a numbered edition of 300. Later it was reissued on CD in an edition of 500, a co-release with AUM Fidelity.

This site & mailorder business was launched in 2006. 50 Miles of Elbow Room #5, the first of 3 volumes of live recordings by Rev. Charlie Jackson, was released on LP in August 2011, followed by a second volume (50MOER 6) in September 2012. That month, 50 Miles brought RL Boyce up from Mississippi to play a few intimate & very memorable gigs. A Cooper-Moore / Lonnie Holley double-bill was co-organized with the Whitney Museum as part of the "Blues for Smoke" exhibit on March 22, 2013. In mid-2013, the mailorder / distribution side of things was scaled back to allow time & resources to be directed to other efforts.

It is hoped the next volume in the Rev. Jackson series will be released in early 2017. Research also continues on bassist / visual artist / poet Earl Freeman; a brief remembrance from William Parker is here. It was also an honor to transcribe some interviews for Parker's first collection of Conversations

50 Miles' productions have received positive critical notice from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Wire, Time Out New York, The Onion, International Design, Signal to Noise, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Tiny Mix Tapes, Boston Globe, Living Blues, Country Roads, & other publications. WFMU has also been a perennial supporter, as in this guest DJ slot on Scott McDowell's The Long Rally program.

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50 Miles of Elbow Room
PO Box 310113
Brooklyn, NY 11231