Bloodshot Records

Bloodshot Records

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bloodshot Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois that specializes in roots-infused indie rock, punk rock, and alternative country.

Bloodshot Records was founded in 1993 by Nan Warshaw,[1] Rob Miller and (former partner) Eric Babcock.[2][3] The first release was a compilation called For A Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country (1994) that Nan, Rob and Eric self-funded in an effort to document the local insurgent-country scene that had grown up around a network of artist-friendly clubs and independent record labels in Chicago at that time.[4][5]

"We were living hand-to-mouth for the first two or three years," says Miller. "We didn't put out a new record until that last one had paid for itself. We had to stick by our guns and establish with media, radio, and booking agents that this punk-and-country thing could exist and develop a critical language around it."[6][7] The name of the music genre was a point of contention, with some grouping the unique, hard-to-classify singer-songwriter music under the alternative country and some grouping it under the Americana label.[8]

Some of the early artists who started out on Bloodshot went on to sign with larger major record labels, specifically Old 97's and Ryan Adams. Neko Case had a licensing deal with Bloodshot Records in the United States and Mint Records in Canada before she signed with ANTI-.[9]

Bloodshot puts on a free bar-b-que and music day-long showcase at both Austin, Texas' SXSW and New York City's CMJ music festivals yearly.[10][11]

Music on Bloodshot Records


Listed alphabetically

  • Ryan Adams
  • Bobby Bare, Jr.
  • Rico Bell
  • Scott H. Biram
  • Maggie Bjorklund
  • The Blacks
  • The Bottle Rockets
  • Cory Branan
  • Paul Burch
  • Neko Case
  • Exene Cervenka
  • Cordero
  • The Deadstring Brothers
  • The Detroit Cobras
  • Devil In A Woodpile
  • Dollar Store
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Firewater
  • Rosie Flores
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Gore Gore Girls
  • Grievous Angels
  • Ha Ha Tonka
  • Wayne Hancock
  • Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys
  • Kelly Hogan
  • I'm Not Jim
  • J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound
  • Roger Knox
  • Ben Kweller
  • Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops
  • Jon Langford
  • Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers
  • Lydia Loveless
  • The Meat Purveyors
  • Moonshine Willy
  • Murder By Death
  • Danbert Nobacon
  • Nora O'Connor
  • Old 97's
  • Graham Parker
  • Mark Pickerel
  • Charlie Pickett
  • The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Neal Pollack
  • Jon Rauhouse
  • The Riptones
  • Dex Romweber Duo
  • The Sadies
  • The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
  • Scroat Belly
  • The Silos
  • Eddie Spaghetti
  • Split Lip Rayfield
  • Sally Timms
  • Trailer Bride
  • The Volebeats
  • Waco Brothers
  • Ben Weaver
  • Wee Hairy Beasties
  • Whiskeytown
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78's
  • Andre Williams
  • Luke Winslow-King
  • The Yayhoos

Double dagger symbol denotes active Bloodshot artists

Bloodshot Compilations & Various Artists

Bloodshot Records began its life as a label by releasing compilations.[12]

  • For A Life of Sin: A Compilation of Insurgent Chicago Country (1994)
  • Hell Bent: Insurgent Country Volume 2 (1995)
  • Nashville, The Other Side of the Alley (1996)
  • Straight Outta Boone County (1997)
  • Poor Little Knitter on the Road: A Tribute to the Knitters (1999)
  • Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records (2000)
  • The Bottle Let Me Down (2002)
  • Making Singles, Drinking Doubles (2002)
  • The Slaughter Rule (Original Movie Soundtrack) (2003)
  • Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson (2004)
  • For A Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records (2005)
  • Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack (2006)
  • Just One More: A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown (2007)
  • No One Got Hurt: Bloodshot's 15th Anniversary @ The Hideout Block Party (2011)

Bloodshot Revival

Bloodshot Revival/Soundies: A series of historic transcription acetate recordings that were leased to radio stations for airplay but never sold at the time of recording.[13]

  • Rex Allen: Last of the Great Singing Cowboys (1999)
  • Johnny Bond: Country and Western (2001)
  • Spade Cooley: Shame On You (1999)
  • Jimmie Davis: Louisiana (2000)
  • Pee Wee King: Country Hoedown (1999)
  • Hank Penny: Crazy Rhythm (2000)
  • Sons of the Pioneers: Symphonies of the Sage (2001)
  • The Sundowners: Chicago Country Legends (2004)
  • Hank Thompson: Hankworld (1999)


  • Old Town School Recordings with Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Invisible China with Martin Atkins (from Public Image Ltd (PiL))


The label had planned to release a 10th anniversary DVD (Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches) in 2004, but it was not released until late 2006.[14][15]

See also

  • List of record labels
  • Chicago Music
  • Mekons


  1. Meet an FMC fan: Nan Warshaw of Bloodshot Records. Future of Music Coalition blog (20 August 2012). Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  2. Chamberlain, Dave (11 April 2002). So you wanna start a record label? Bloodshot Records shares the inside information on starting--and keeping--a music business.. New City Chicago. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003. Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  3. Chipps, William (17 September 2009). Bloodshot Records: An Indie Music Labels Take On Sponsorship. Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  4. Finn, Timothy, Country Confessions: Oh, it's country time again for industry, 12 October 2000. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  5. Smith-Lindall, Anders, Sweethearts of the Rodeo: Chicago transplants Neko Case and Kelly Hogan carry the torch for 21st-century twang, 11 October 2000. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  6. Margasak, Peter, Bloodshot Eyes the Future, 15 June 2000. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  7. Bloodshot Records Week // Rob Miller on 10 Years Since Heartbreaker. The Line Of Best Fit (14 September 2010). Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  8. Wener, Ben, Americana, what art thou? Pop: The word has replaced alt-country and No Depression as the new label for roots music - but does that mean it's a real genre?, 29 July 2001. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  9. Hill, David, A Special Case: Neko Case has yet to make the Opry, but her reputation as a new country pioneer is grand., 23 August 2001. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  10. Bishop, Robert, Split Decision, 29 March 2001. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  11. Bloodshot Records Week Interview // Elia Einhorn (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir) interviews Jon Langford. The Line Of Best Fit (15 September 2010). Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  12. Label Spotlight: Bloodshot Records. plug in music (11 August 2008). Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  13. Bloodshot Revival. Retrieved on 4 May 2013.
  14. Carlozo, Louis R., Bloodshot DVD celebrates label that's insurgent, 7 November 2006. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.
  15. Perlich, Tim, Bloodied but unbowed, 1926 October 2006. URL accessed on 4 May 2013.

External links

This page was last modified 13.12.2013 01:38:13

This article uses material from the article Bloodshot Records from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.