Jewel Records

Founded by Rusty York in 1961, Jewel began in York’s garage and moved to a rented building, which he eventually purchased at 1594 Kinney Avenue in Cincinnati’s Mt. Healthy suburb. Rusty York’s experience as a club and road musician, his business and engineering experience gained working for Jimmie Skinner, and his multi-instrumental abilities on guitar, banjo, and resonator guitar all stood him in good stead when he opened his studio. He engineered and produced hundreds of custom recordings on Jewel for local musicians in all fields of music but primarily country, gospel, and bluegrass. He engineered sessions for Rural Rhythm, Vetco, and other labels. He produced bluegrass records sold through special radio offers by the Jimmie Skinner Music Center. Bluegrass musicians who recorded at Jewel include Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Katie Laur, the Boys From Indiana, Joe Isaacs, the Russell Brothers, Larry Sparks, J.D. Jarvis, and Jimmie Skinner, among others. The studio closed in 2008.

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