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News: February 2013

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Celebratin' the Great Ralph Stanley

As we in Chicago ready ourselves for the Ralph Stanley show at the Old Town School of Folk Music tomorrow, HERE'S a story from the Tribune today that mentions his collaboration with Paul Burch.

They dueted on the classic "Little Glass of Wine" which appeared on Paul's album East to West a few years back.

Catch THIS video of the session.

What's that?  You don't know of Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers?

Take two steps back in the game of Musical History Knowledge.  Now, go rectify that.


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Roger Knox Album takes over No Depression!

For an entire week, No Depression helped us tell the story of the remarkable new album by Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts Stranger In My Land.

This album features the talents of Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, The Sadies, Jon Langford, Andre Williams, Charlie Louvin, Dave Alvin and many more and each day ND posted a story by these artists on the recording.  They also posted a stream of each song.

HERE are the stories and streams in their entirety

Read all about the how Roger's story and his music affected all the incredible talent Langford was able to pull together for Stranger In My Land and we hope you'll support this once-in-a-label's-lifetime project.

Also:  Here's a short (5 minutes) documentary piece that Chicago filmmaker Scott Alexander made on Roger.  Features interviews with Roger and Jon Langford and some live footage featuring the Sadies and Sally Timms

Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman episode of "Thanks for Giving a Damn" Podcast

Bottle Rockets' front man Brian Henneman took over the podcast "Thanks for Giving A Damn" with Otis Gibbs.

Listen to Brian telling tall tales, vague recollections and creative insights from backstage and beyond.

Download it HERE

SXSW 2013 Happenings!

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It's that time again:  South by Southwest, Austin TX, March, music, margaritas, corporate sleaze fests trying to out "indie" each other, zombie-like mobs of insensate spring breakers bumping into clutches of jaded industry insiders, "bloggers" sitting on every curb trying to be the first to talk smack about THE NEXT BIG THING and a thousand broken dreams littering 6th Street.  And lots of litter littering 6th Street.

As Mitch Hedberg used to say, handing out fliers on the street is like saying "here, throw this out for me."

Once again, Bloodshot heads down south, shedding layers of flannel along the way and stopping at every plywood sign with the letters B B and Q on them, to bring you parties and showcases and music for your unadulterated enjoyment.

This list will be constantly updated as more parties, appearances times and venue details are confirmed.



Roger Knox on PRI's The World on NPR

Exciting news: Roger Knox's PRI The World piece runs today!

The program airs nation- and world-wide on public radio stations, such as Chicago’s WBEZ, which airs at 7 PM CST tonight.

Or listen ONLINE

Wayne Hancock advance single "Ride" Available

Wayne singleWayne "The Train" Hancock's new album Ride isn't in stores until February 26th---though you can pre-order it--- but you can get the self-titled single NOW on iTunes and Amazon.

You can also hear it HERE on CMT's The Edge, as well as read about Wayne's inspiration for writing it.




Luke Winslow-King on CMT Edge

CMT Edge posted an exlcusive stream of Luke Winslow-King's "You Don't Know Better Than Me" from his upcoming album The Coming Tide.

They kinda flipped over it. "Here’s my favorite new song I’ve heard this week."

Check it out HERE along with info on tour dates

Lots to tell you about today....

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Well, it's NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY, so we thought that while you (like us) are relaxing (or chillaxing, as I'm told they say now) with our fave cocktail, we'd share a BUNCH of goodies that piled in on us the past few days.  It's all really good and worth your while.  So lick that rim (we're talking about salt---get your minds outta the gutter) and peruse:

---Roger Knox: Some FANTASTIC and in-depth pieces from places putting real effort and consideration into their praise for the album Stranger in My Country: Here is a but a sample: "Stranger In My Land is a powerful collection full of pointed commentaries on the state of life for Australia’s Aborigines. Its true brilliance, however, is that these commentaries are presented in such an ear-pleasing manner, within songs that would be enjoyable no matter what their topic. And with a Shakespearean understanding for the timing of comic relief, there are moments of frivolity and nostalgia interspersed throughout, making it an even more entertaining experience. There’s no doubt that Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ Stranger In My Land is an important album, but it is also just a great listen that no fan of country music—no matter which hemisphere he or she calls home—should miss."

From the Weld for Birmingham: -“Roger Knox sings with the wisdom and fatalism of one who’s come through the fire. His yearning for “Dreamtime,” the Aboriginal state of grace, echoes back to Blind Willie Johnson and King David’s lyre, reminding us that real country music can come from any country...But the result is no stereotypical country album. Indeed, its eclectic and personable introduction to a hidden culture might well remind you of Buena Vista Social Club.”

and then an interview in the Uprooted Music Revue:

-“Stranger In My Land is sure to appeal to fans of Alan Lomax's field recordings, as well as to the contemporary folk and alt country fans who have an ear for music of the people by the people...This album is incredible, and I am overjoyed to share this man's musical history with you.”

It's an important record for us, and most entertaining as well, we hope you give it a chance.

In other Roger news, he will be appearing on the ABC Radio National show The Daily Planet in his native Australia.  It 's next week sometime.  Which might be last week here--we're still confused on how all that works.  Anyway, HERE is the program listing

---Justin Townes Earle: Mountain Stage will be re-broadcasting his June 2012 performance begininng today.  Go HERE for times and stations

---Murder By Death participated n a video interview with in Champaign IL. Go HERE for a write of their show and some professional illustrations of the band.

---Bottle Rockets:  A lengthy piece on Brian Henneman called, lovingly enough, "I'll Puke if That Jukebox Plays John Cougar One More Time,"  on his early days with Uncle Tupelo and the genesis of the Rockets.  Pictures and song streams.  Really interesting for you history buffs. Go to Adios Lounge for a peek.

Wayne Hancock: His new album Ride doesn't come out until Tuesday, but folks are already digging it.  Here's's review, and then one from Slug Magazine., to quote the great philosopher Jimmy Buffett, where IS that lost shaker of salt?



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Seething with envy that you don't get to see the bounteous music and depravity of South by Southwest this year?  Pissed that you can't partake in all the Bloodshot-friendly events in the warm weather of Austin TX?  Tired of the drabness of late winter Chicago?

Fear not, we're bringing some of the action to you right HERE, friends!


Chicago SXSW Send-Off Party!
Sunday March 3rd, 7pm at Cobra Lounge

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard

plus eats by ManBQue

RSVP for entry:
RSVP is subject to capacity.

We shall see you there as we get our livers into fighting shape.

Last Day to Pick up Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker!


At midnight Feb 28th, our license on the groundbreaking debut solo album by Ryan Adams, HEARTBREAKER, expires. We don't what Ryan has mind for this stone cold classic in the future, so if you want one now, you need to act fast! The LP is already sold out, and we only have a LIMITED number of CDs left.

We're clearing 'em out at $7.50 while supplies last, or until midnight t'morrah...whichever comes first.

The end of an era, in a way, but man o man, do we still L-U-V this record.




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