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Boggy Bayou

Playground Recording is located in Valparaiso, Florida on Boggy Bayou.


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This site will close on April 27th...    

hopefully we'll be able to re-direct you to our new site at www.southernamericanamusic.com.

If not ..please make note and bookmark the site..

Gonna Be some cool music there!

We are working on a new site for Southern Americana Music. The site will feature our catalogs of songs and tracks that are available for licensing. The site will also feature some of our work at Playground Records. The site is not complete but is accessible at www.southernamericanamusic.com and will be fully operational soon!!!!

ALERT !!!! on Playground Records


Recorded at International Recording Studio in 1979 these master tapes disappeared until March of 2013. We would hear rumors of producers who had heard the tapes and wrote identical songs.. we heard that a different artist had overdubbed lead vocal. The tape was thin but we transferred it in the late spring of 2013.. Jim Dickinson has a signature piano lick on each song.. This is Mason Arnold and the Delta Wildcats with JLD 

sweet and Salty     

Sweet "N" Salty

Libby Rae Watson

Ms. Libby has taken some classic delta blues stalwarts and added some unheard Sam Chatmon and an original blues called "Sugar" written with former husband and grandfather of the Hill Country Blues, Bobby Ray Watson. Ms Libby performs these tunes as she has lived them. BTW.. all of the recordings used in S&S survived or barely survived the Katrina floods. The combination of analog decay and old blues tunes is a convincing mix.. Load up the pipe, sit back, kick off your slippers and be charmed with Ms Libby's interpretations


We hope you enjoy your visit to the Playground site

Playground Studios originally built and completed in 1969 by Finley Duncan is located in the heart of Old downtown Valparaiso, Florida.

It was the home of Minaret Records, Turrett Records, Choctaw and Circle Records. During the years from 1969 to 1989 some very obscure but now sought after recordings were made at Playground.

Some of the artists that recorded here were Big John Hamilton, David Allan Coe, Doris Allen, Tiny Watkins, Freddy Hart, Len Wade, Jay Chevalier, Ed Bruce, Billie Jo Spears, Larry Shell, Leroy Lloyd, Jimmy Gresham, Reuben Howell, Chuck Cooper, Big Al Downing and Jimmy "Orion" Ellis to name a few.

Kinda the best of both worlds

The facility sat empty between 1989 and 2005 when Jim and Jill Lancaster purchased and renovated the facility. Keeping the Playground name, we have updated the studio to an analog/digital facility. While we have maintained the decor as much as possible we offer digital recording on ProTools as well as Digital Performer in addition to analog recording on a 24 track analog machine through a Neve console. 

In 2007 after renovations we began restoring the many thousands of masters left here as well as recording new groups and issuing new product. Please visit the other pages of our site to get an idea of what goes on here and


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