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OLD LINE MUSIC is thrilled to have taken part in this project and we are excited to bring you the biggest Link Wray news to come down the pike in decades!


“Link Wray was a huge influence on all modern rock guitar players. If they say he didn’t influence (them), they’re lying!” - Wayne Kramer, MC%

“Rumble had the power to help me say f*ck it,’ I’m going to be a musician.” - Iggy Pop

In 2018, it will have been 60 years since Link Wray released “Rumble,” and changed the face and sound of rock and roll forever. Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound, will release “Son of Rumble,” Link’s intended, but never released follow-up to the song that introduced the world to power chords and intentional distortion. “Son of Rumble” is a never released track from the Link Wray archives, and you can listen to it here. The song, along with “Whole Lotta Talkin’,” another never heard track, will be released on a 7” vinyl at a later date, and can be pre-ordered here.

Link’s “Rumble” became a flash point for countless musicians including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, Steven Van Zandt, Jeff Beck and Elvis Costello. The song was banned in New York, Boston and Detroit for fear it would incite juvenile violence, making Link Wray the only artist in history to have a banned instrumental. 33 years after becoming eligible, this unsung hero of rock and roll is currently a Rock Hall nominee for the class of 2018, and fans can vote for his inclusion with a daily ballot through December 5th here.

Link Wray is one of the featured artists in the Sundance award winning “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” a documentary about the profound, essential and indelible impact of Indigenous People on American Music. This film includes interviews with Dan Auerbach, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Slash, Steven Tyler and other notable musicians. You can learn more and watch the film’s trailer here.

The story of Link Wray sounds like something straight out of a Hollywood movie. In 1937, a boy from the Shawnee Indian tribe was taught guitar by an African American traveling carny worker named Hambone in the segregated south. In 1953, that boy became a Western Swing musician and played the wake of Hank Williams. By 1956, he was a Korean War veteran who lost a lung to TB and was told he’d never sing again. Yet, Link Wray spent the next half-century as the only one-lung singer in rock and roll, and laid the foundation for what the genre would become. The impact of Link Wray, who placed in the top 50 of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, can be heard in generations of American and British metal, punk, garage, grunge, thrash and psychobilly rockers, all of whom have claimed him and “Rumble” (and the follow-ups “Raw-Hide,” “Jack the Ripper,” “Ace of Spades” and many more) as their own.

Track Listing:

a. Son of Rumble
b. Whole Lotta Talkin’

For more information on Link Wray, please contact Greg Laxton (

For more information on this release and Easy Eye Sound, please contact Mary Moyer ( or Emilio Herce ( at Q-Prime 212-302-9790


RUMBLE sweeps the Canadian "Oscars"

It was a clean sweep for the film RUMBLE last night at the Canadian Screen Awards, Canada’s version of the “Oscars,” winning awards in the Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Full length documentary.

The life of RUMBLE began at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. It has since received multiple awards at Sundance, HotDocs and many others.

RUMBLE has screened to crowds around the world and is most recently the subject of a school lesson plan offered at no cost to educations at

We are honored to have served as a technical consultant as well as the source of historical artifacts for the Link Wray segment of this award winning film.


Old Line Music was honored to sit in a few hours via telephone for the Link Wray-themed episode of the DC Roots of Music Show. We played a bunch of Link Wray-lated music, and talked Link, Doug and Vernon, Link’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, the Rumble film and the new Son of Rumble record.

You can listen along when you
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Billy "The Kid" Emerson - THE TARPON YEARS

Old Line Music is pleased to release the first compilation album from Billy “The Kid” Emerson - 2017 Florida Folk Life award winner, Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, and earliest surviving Sun Records artist!

Sun Records is recognized as the birthplace of rock and roll. Of all African-American artists that recorded on Sun, it was Billy that has the most influence on rock and roll. No other African-American artist had as many releases on Sun as Billy “The Kid.”

Billy toured and performed with Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and countless others. His songs have been covered by world renown artists including Ann Margaret, Brian Setzer, Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley.

In the mid-1960's, Billy formed the Tarpon Records label. He released several 45's of his music, as well as songs by Matt "Guitar" Murphy and the debut recordings of Denise LaSalle.


After retiring from secular music in the early 1980’s, Billy entered the ministry. Reverend Emerson’s work in the church began at the Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Chicago.

Now in his early 90’s, Billy’s ministry continues today at the Holy Praise Apostolic Church of Jesus and the Good Spirit Music Ministry located along Florida’s Gulf Coast. He is currently working on “The Sacrifice of Praise” - spiritual music that he says will be his best work yet!

This release focuses on Billy’s mid ]60’s recorded works from his Tarpon Records label.

Now streaming on Spotify! You can also purchase this digital album on Amazon and iTunes today!