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RootsWorld is primarily a world and roots-folk music magazine and radio program.

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Will we review your recording?
As is the case with most music media, I get most of the recordings from the record labels or artists who produce them. Please understand that this is a very small operation (one editor and a bunch of volunteer contributors). I want to discourage you from sending a recording for review unless you are sure it is well within the scope of what we do. You might want to send a link to a few sample tracks online for me to preview.

  • I have a pretty clear editorial bias, both by genre and by quality. Look at the reviews here and be sure that you meet the obvious criteria I set before you waste your hard earned money sending a copy of "Pillory: The Healing Art of the Ambient Celtic Sufis Of Mesopotamia." Please do not send me any music that will, in your words, "change my life."
  • I will not even consider demo tapes, homemade pre-release CDRs, 'advance releases' or any other unfinished product for review. We will only review complete, retail version packages, the same thing you want to sell to our readers if they like what they see and hear in a review.
  • We only review recordings from CDs. We cannot accept MP3 downloads as review material, ever.
    For the moment, I am restructing the ules a little to allow for the mess Covid has made of the post. My suggestion is to send me a link to listen, and if I think we might broadcast or review, I'll first ask for a download. If we decide to review, I may still need a CD, so understand that the old rule may be the same after all.
  • Please be patient. It can take weeks or months for a review or airplay.
  • Unsolicited recordings will be given away, sold on the used CD market or tossed in a dumpster, at my sole discretion. You have been warned.

    If this hasn't scared you away, you can send your information and review CDs (don't send huge press kits... we don't read them!) to
    RootsWorld, Box 1285, New Haven CT 06505

    In 2001 I started CDRoots, a retail web site for selling a very select group of recordings not easily available in the US. Not everything reviewed in RootsWorld is in the catalog, not everything in the catalog is reviewed in RW. Not everything cdRoots sells gets a good review, either! Within normal human limitations, I try to keep these two things as separate as possible.

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