Lance Ledbetter is the founder and co-director of Dust-to-Digital. The first release he produced for the record label was “Goodbye, Babylon” in 2003. The box set received praise from Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Paul Simon and Neil Young. It was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. Since then, Ledbetter has received nine Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award for producer of the Best Historical Album of 2009, the box set “Art of Field Recording».
Ledbetter oversees the production of all Dust-to-Digital releases: including the design, compiling, licensing, and audio restoration. With his wife April, they have produced more than 50 publications. In 2009, he helped launch a non-profit audio preservation organization called Music Memory. To date, Music Memory has digitized more than 49,000 recordings from 78 RPM records.
In 2009, Ledbetter was named one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader. He produced and recorded two studio albums (“Just Before Music” and “Keeping a Record of It”) by a previously-unknown, self-taught artist – one was proclaimed the #2 album by the Chicago Sun-Times and the other was listed at #4 on the Washington Post top 10 records of 2013. In 2015, “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll,” a soundtrack Dust-to-Digital released, appeared on the Billboard charts for three weeks. In 2016, Garden & Gun Magazine named Ledbetter to its “Southern Hot List – 26 Rising Stars Who Are Shaping the South Right Now.” He was awarded Living Blues Magazine’s Historical Producer of the year in 2007, 2014 and 2017.