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News: September 2010

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Jon Langford In store performance at the mighty Amoeba Music!

Jon Langford, whose is making some rare SoCal appearances behind his brand new album just confirmed a FREE IN STORE PERFORMANCE at one of the world's best record stores AMOEBA MUSIC.

It's on September 26th at 5pm.

Don't tell us we never warn you about these things...

6400 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028


A few weeks ago, we told you that, for some reason, Ha Ha Tonka was going to play a festival in NYC sponsored by Playboy.

Well, it happened.  Check out THIS video of them singing Hangman.

Now, the levels of weirdness and hilarity watching this are many.  First off, nothing says "SEXY" like a traditional song about hanging.  Also, do they train the bunnies to stand like that?  Check out the way they clap at the end of the song...again, is that from a training session?

Finally, while Lennon at least TRIES to be the gentleman by pretending not to look, Luke does a full on stare down.

Enjoy!  Happy Labor Day!

Rob Miller for Mayor of Chicago 2012!

Today, Richard M Daley announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. Thus, Bloodshot's head honcho, Rob Miller, officially announces his candidacy:

Rob for Mayor


• Outlawing AND ENFORCING WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE the use of cells and texting while driving.

• No more statues of sports figures until they are offset by musical and literary figures. For every Billy Williams or Harry Carey statue, there oughta be one of Howlin' Wolf and Nelson Algren.

• Flip flops on men outlawed unless in your own backyard or within 400 feet of Lake Michigan

• Car-less Fridays!

• A City Constitutional Amendment barring another Daley from being mayor

• Instead of funneling tax money to shifty well-connected developers, hire clowns and jugglers to entertain people stuck in their cars on the highways during rush "hour" (6am-10am, 2:30pm-6:30pm)

• No prison time for Blago, only a stint in a public stockade with a ready supply of fresh vegetables from a local CSA available for throwing.

• Close the locks to keep the Asian Carp out of the Lake.

• Allowing Bloodshot, through the shady dealings and back room machinations this city is known for, to become a tax exempt "charitable organization" and giving us access to suck on the enormous teat of TIF funds.

• More Banh Mi, less Quiznos


Stop by STRICTLY DISCS in Madison WI on September 14th for a JTE listening party all day.

There will be beer, giveaways, and the new album sale priced.

All day long!

Release Day Praise for Justin Townes Earle's new Album

Today's a big day 'round here, yessir.  Justin released his new album Harlem River Blues today and the word is already rolling out:  It rules!

From eMusic: "Earle swings for the fences on his latest album and delivers his finest collection yet."

From Yahoo!: "...capitalize on the promise Earle showed on his previous releases and push him to a new level...[he] shows an emotional depth and subtlety that makes him a unique artist."

From iTunes: "HRB delivers in spades what his two previous offerings hinted at...the songwriter drops 11 weighty originals steeped in American musical traditions yet bearing his own inimitable lyric and stylistic signature.  Earle proves that he is a force to be reckoned with, in these grooves he embodies the history, mystery, and promise of American roots music."

From Maverick (UK): "Justin Townes Earle is Justin Townes Earle, so any comparison with other Americana singer-songwriters, old or young is futile.  This album has a timeless grace to it and is a massive leap forward."

Loads more is on the way, but we just wanted to get you a little taste...

Justin interview and review achived on NPR's "Here and Now" Program

Last week, the nationally syndicated NPR show "Here and Now" aired a great interview with Justin.  He talks about the inspirations for a lot of the material on Harlem River Blues, his move from Nashville to NYC, and they play several tracks.

In case ye missed it, it's archived HERE. Have a listen....

Ben Weaver Residency in Minneapolis

Check out this preview of Ben's residency, where he and a load of other performers will explore the confluence of music, food and literature.

It's all a warm up for his new album Mirepoix and Smoke that is being released in October.



Pre-Order New Albums and Receive the 2010 SAMPLER FREE!

Our October releases are right around the corner.   We've put the Whitey Morgan & the 78s self-titled album and Ben Weaver's Mirepoix and Smoke up for pre-sale.

They are both at sale-priced AND receive the 2010 edition of the Bloodshot Sampler gratis (as in, FOR FREE!)  This year's sampler has 21 tracks of brand new music from the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Jon Langford and The Blacks, as well as other catalog faves like Graham Parker, Detroit Cobras, Ryan Adams, Wayne Hancock, Bottle Rockets, Bobby Bare Jr and more.

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  We press these up every fall and they go like the proverbial hotcakes.


While we are saddened to bring you this news, it is also quite hopeful:



Justin Townes Earle has decided to suspend the remaining dates on his tour and enter a rehabilitation facility. Earle is strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.

In regards to the misdemeanor charges recently filed in Indianapolis, Earle released the following statement earlier this week: “Unfortunately, reports surfacing online about the incident in Indianapolis are not accurate. I have been advised by counsel that I should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like to say that I oppose violence against women in any form.”

Earle looks forward to resuming the tour in support of his critically acclaimed third album, Harlem River Blues, on independent record label Bloodshot Records. The album enters this week at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan.


September 23 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival

September 24 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café

September 25 Berryville, VA Watermelon Park Festival

September 29 San Diego, CA Casbah

September 30 Los Angeles, CA Autry Museum

October 1 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre

October 2 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

October 4 Humboldt, CA The Depot at Humboldt State

October 6 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room

October 7 Denver, CO The Bluebird

October 8 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr.

October 9 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

October 11 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall

October 12 Bloomington, IL Six Strings

October 14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

October 15 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern

October 19 New York, NY Webster Hall

October 20 Boston, MA Royale

October 21 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall

October 22 Philadelphia, PA The First Unitarian Church

October 23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club


LA TIMES feature on Langford

In prepartion of his imminent arrival to the Left Coast, the LA Times saw the profound wisdom in running THIS feature on Jon Langford and his new album Old Devils. He talks about his inspiration for the songs and why he keeps going.





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