To all the good folks of the Nation,

Through a message from Uncle John, where he brought my attention to the marvelous Justin Townes Earle, I was moved to bore him about my love of Bloodshot Records. Whilst reminiscing and re-listening to some of the artists and music they've released over the last 15 or so years, I thought some of you guys on the Nation, if you were unfamiliar with the label, might find some interest in their stable of artists. So, if Uncle John doesn't mind, I though I'd re-post my message about the label here.

"Bloodshot Records are a Chicago based label that started out in the mid nineties releasing music they described asInsurgent Country. It was a home for a collection of left field artists who melded punk attitude with a love of country music. In those days few Bloodshot releases tuned up in the record shops of Yorkshire, so I used to order them direct from Chicago. Bands like Moonshine Willy, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Split Lip Rayfield, Devil in a Woodpile, and Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys introduced me to country music, by making it cool and relevant. Artists that would go on to bigger things like Ryan Adams and Neko Case released their first albums on Bloodshot. They've branched out into other styles of music since the early days, but they still produce great albums, Justin Townes Earle being a fine example.

Check out the Bloodshot Records website: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/

Most artist's albums have at least one song you can download and sample, so you could put together your own Bloodshot sampler album. Here are some of my favourites they have available for free:

Split Lip Rayfield - Movin' To Virginia [MP3]

Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys - Bridge Burners Union (Local 36) [MP3]

The Sadies - One Million Songs [MP3]

The Waco Brothers - Do You Think About Me? [MP3]

Devil in a Woodpile - Big Boat [MP3]

The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Roly Poly (vocals by Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family) [MP3]

I'm getting carried away! One more then you can check out more...if you so wish.

Justin Townes Earle - Lone Pine Hill [MP3]"

I hope that was of interest to some of you, and you forgive my preachy post.

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Comment by Bluesheart on March 6, 2012 at 5:16pm

Thank you for turning me on to some very cool music!

Comment by blufloyd on February 12, 2012 at 2:04am

wwhp.com   It is radio like you remember and they play all these tunes....

Just down aways from me really.

Comment by Uncle John on February 11, 2012 at 9:55pm

Will check them out, SIR!

Comment by Vinylhed on February 11, 2012 at 9:29pm

I'm glad you haven't broken out in a rash as a result of my musical offerings. That version of Roly Poly is sung by Brett Sparks of the Handsome Family, a band I love and have seen on half a dozen times. You should check them out, I'm sure you'd like them...if you like strange gothic country. I remember listening to the Little Willies album a number of years ago, but don't remember their version of Roly Poly. I'm a huge fan of Western Swing, and the album by the adhoc collective called the Pine Valley Cosmonauts is an absolute gem.

Comment by Uncle John on February 11, 2012 at 10:19am

Tried em' all Preacher!   All good.  Liked Justin Earle's the best.  I am just thrilled by some of his stuff.  Great version of Roly Poly.  (I also like a version by Nora Jones and The Little Willies).

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