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News: November 2011

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Are you a fan of late night shyster law firm commercials?  Who ISN'T!

Well, then, friends, you will love the new JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound video that premiered TODAY on Alternative Press's site.

Check out Everything Will Be Fine from their new album Want More

(p.s. if yer wantin' to read about their release show last weekend in Chicago, read the Gaper's Block article HERE)

Soup is Good Food...

If you've ever been to the Hideout on a cold winter Wednesday to partake in the Soup and Bread series, you know the vibe it's created.  And how soup can foster community and warm the belly.

The Soup & Bread Cookbook was just released and we are happy to be carrying it (it's even got a venison chili recipe from Bloodshot Rob).  Proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

There is also a Soup & Bread "Tour"

11/16: Soup & Bread: Philadelphia, at Kung Fu Necktie
11/17: Soup & Bread: Brooklyn, at Littlefield
11/22: Bookstore talk at MindFair Books, in Oberlin, OH
11/29: Book signing at Green Grocer Chicago
11/30: Soup & Bread: Madison, at the High Noon Saloon
12/1: Soup & Bread: Milwaukee, at the Sugar Maple
12/7: Soup & Bread: Nashville, venue TBD
12/14: Soup & Bread: Detroit, at the Loving Touch

Find out more details on the S&B website HERE



JTC ACLBack in September, Justin won SONG OF THE YEAR at the Americana Music Awards.

PBS' Austin City Limits is set to broadcast the awards concert from the Ryman Auditorium starting November 19th.  Catch Justin singing Harlem River Blues as well as performances by Robert Plant, Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus and more.

Performance Rundown:

Emmylou Harris Alison Krauss Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was /I'll Fly Away, “O'Brother” Tribute Performance
The Avett Brothers / The Once And Future Carpenter
Lucinda Williams / Blessed
Amos Lee / Cup of Sorrow
Elizabeth Cook / El Camino
The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow
Justin Townes Earle / Harlem River Blues
Jessica Lea Mayfield / For Today
Buddy Miller / Gasoline And Matches
Candi Staton / Heart On A String
Jim Lauderdale / Life By Numbers
Robert Plant / Monkey
Gregg Allman / Melissa

Scope out some advance videos and photos HERE


Super LYDIA LOVELESS rave in

We've been doing this long enough that we can spot a journalist or blogger who is just phoning it in, who crib from our press releases, juggle it around and rush out the door to get to the bar 5 minutes sooner.

Thus, it always does our hearts good to read a piece by someone who is obviously OVERCOME by something, who writes with a giddy passion.  Check out THIS in depth review of Lydia's new album Indestrucible Machine in

Here's just a couple of the highlights:

“If you believe in Rock ‘N’ Roll, you pray for people like Lydia Loveless.”

Indestructible Machine
is as good as anything I’ve heard this year and marks the true, and truly defiant, arrival of what could be a serious talent… This music is razor sharp but bluntly honest, witty, massively entertaining, and often crushingly swoonsome… A riot starr is born! But God help us, this one’s gonna be trouble.”

Wethinks he likes it!

Scott H Biram on LastFM

Our man's man Scott H Biram showed up at the studios of LastFM and dropped some jaws. Check out the videos of four songs he did, the interview and the level of Biramosity he brought to the usually staid studios.

From his latest album Bad Ingredients "Just Another River"

and then the other videos, as well as the interview HERE


Maggie Bjorklund back on the road with John Doe

Pedal steel whiz Maggie Bjorklund is hitting the road again as part of John Doe's band.

Come out and say hi.  She'll even have copies of her new album with her.

11/26  Chicago IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
11/28  Columbus OH - Rumba Cafe
11/29  Cleveland OH - Beachland Ballroom
11/30  Pittsburgh PA - Thunderbird Cafe
12/01  York PA - Sttrand Capitol Performing Arts Center
12/02  Vienna VA - Jammin Java
12/03  Easton MD - Night Cat
12/04  New York NY - City Winery
12/05  Allston MA - Brighton Music Hall
12/07  Philadelphia PA - World Cafe Live

Ha Ha Tonka Performance on NPR's Mountain Stage

Ha Ha Tonka performed on the prestigious Mountain Stage in October.

Well, the episode is scheduled to broadcast on November 18th on NPR affiliates nationwide.

To find a station near you, or how to hear it online, go HERE

The following week their set will be archived HERE for continued access.

Holiday Whiskey Extravaganza Announced!

By December 17th, if you are at all like us (and we pity you if you are), yer gonna be sick to death of the malls, the traffic, the office parties, the uncomfortable gatherings your S.O. drags you to, and the overall frantic-osity of the season, you'll be in need of a reprieve.


It's at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago on December 17th. It features Whitey Morgan & the 78s (what better band to drink whiskey to?), Kurt of the Deadstring Brothers (perhaps you remember him wowing the crowd at our Hideout anniversary party earlier this fall) and, fresh from her near sold out Wednesday Schubas show, Lydia Loveless!

Best of all, it's FREE!!! That's right, FREE. Just reserve your spot by RSVPing HERE.

We're also hosting a Food Drive (c'mon, be generous...) to benefit the Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

All donaters will receive a BS goodie.

They provide a full array of services for clients in need of urgent basic human needs. Provides intake for emergency shelter, emergency financial assistance, referral, advocacy, food pantry, short-term case management and benefits screening

They serve an average of 350 to 375 households each week in the pantry. The greatest need in food items:  pasta, canned fruits, vegetables and soups, peanut butter, jelly or jam, Cereal, rice and dry beans.  They also prepare special bags for diabetics so sugar free items and brown rice and pasta are greatly appreciated.

Please c'mon out, have some fun, say hi, help a good cause and maybe pick up a last minute gift or two for the music dork in your life.

Lydia Loveless Performance on KDHX Archived

Lydia Loveless stopped by the studios of our pals in St Louis, the mighty KDHX...

They've archived some studio photos as well as the audio from her on air performance.  Check out her stripped down versions of her "hits" "Jesus was A Wino," "Can't Change Me" and "How Many Women."

Just go HERE

Happy Thanksgiving from Bloodshot Records!

GP Your CountryBefore the tidal wave of unruly in-laws, hyper-kinetic consumerism, and stale fruitcakes arrive, here's Graham Parker's "Almost Thanksgiving Day"—quite literal in its subject matter—from his 2004 release, Your Country. Happy Thanksgiving from your pals at Bloodshot!

Download the MP3 of "Almost Thanksgiving Day" here.



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