| BS 004

Hell Bent

Wherein our zany idea to have a label focused on the forgotten corners of roots music gained a national foothold. 18 tracks by artists from NYC to SF, and all burgeoning scenes in between.

Full Description

After releasing For A Life of Sin, we started getting phone calls and letters (remember those?) from writers, fans and bands saying, in effect, "hey, we got this stuff percolating up from the groundwater around here, too. Check it out."

So we did, and realized that we might have stumbled onto something bigger than merely the smoky environs of Chicago, that all sorts of OTHER people were sick and tired of being sick and tired of the general states of rock and/or roots music.  We returned some calls, wrote some responses, and, in pretty short order, were able to concoct another compilation.

For this volume, we beat the national bushes to turn out cuts from upstarts coast to coast. Returning Chicago artists include Moonshine Willy, the Waco Brothers, The Riptones, and Robbie Fulks.

Expanding our revolutionary bases to the far reaches of the USA are artists from Texas (Old 97's, The Cartwrights, Cornell Hurd), Missouri (Bottle Rockets, The Starkweathers, Eleanor Roosevelt), Arizona (Grievous Angels, The Inbreds), California (Tarnation, Richard Buckner), Detroit (The Volebeats), NYC (World Famous Blue Jays), and Nashville (Gwil Owen). We put them all together on one disc to create an powerhouse line-up to be reckoned with--the musical equivalent of Murderer's Row. It's time, brothers and sisters, to step up to the plate. Line-dancing fans should be aware of the high, inside fastball.

More scary, iconic cover art from Jon Langford.

Short Description
  • I'd like to give Bloodshot Records a great big sloppy wet smooch for putting out these wonderful collections, and hope they continue to dig up bar bands with pedal steel guitars and punk attitudes for many years to come. Top stuff!

    — SF Weekly
  • How dare they, these young bands of scofflaws, recording songs that are actually representative of the heart and soul of authentic American country music... [They] don't stray from the guts and tears of the real thing, nor are they sad attempts to re-create Hank's Greatest Hits--a fresh kick in the head.

    — Phoenix New Times

Track List

  • 1. Get It While It's Hot (The Grievous Angels)
  • 2. Bad Times Are Comin' Round Again (The Waco Brothers)
  • 3. She Took A Lot of Pills [and Died] (Robbie Fulks)
  • 4. Little White Trash Boy (The Starkweathers)
  • 5. Get Down (Bottle Rockets)
  • 6. Roulette Wheel (Moonshine Willy)
  • 7. One I Love (The Volebeats)
  • 8. 22 (Richard Buckner)
  • 23. Espoontoon (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • 24. Tennessee Hi-Way Blues (Gwil Owen)
  • 25. Por Favor (Old 97's)
  • 26. Walking on My Grave (The Cartwrights)
  • 27. Yellow Birds (Tarnation)
  • 28. World Renowned (The Riptones)
  • 29. Honky-Tonk Has Been (Cornell Hurd Band)
  • 30. Don't Die While I'm Alive (The Inbreds)
  • 31. Mud Flap Boogie (World Famous Blue Jays)



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