My old friend Johnny Pitts passed away this past Saturday, July 2nd. He was 81 and had been in ill health for years. I met Johnny as a friend of The Sundowners in the mid-90s, likely at the Dec 1st, 1993 event where Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley declared Sundowners Day in the City of Chicago in tribute...Read more
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Robbie Fulks's debut album Country Love Songs, released June 26th, 1996 on Bloodshot Records.
Yesterday we published an essay by Robbie Fulks himself about the album (it's inception and aftermath), and now here's Bloodshot Records bossman Rob Miller's take.
Despite the modest and surprising success of a couple of our early records like the...Read more
Late last night I felt and heard a faint, lonesome sound. It was as if a giant tree had fallen in faraway woods. I wake up this morning to find Ralph Stanley had died.
I find myself, quite oddly, crying as I write this. I met him once. He reminded me of my grandmother, the most purely spiritual person I have ever known....Read more
It’s with heavy hearts we bring the news of a passing in the extended Bloodshot family. Candye Kane, who contributed a track to our 2004 tribute to Wanda Jackson, Hard-Headed Woman, died on Friday, May 6th in San Diego after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Her voice was as big as her generosity, or vice versa. She was an...Read more
From the desk of Rob Miller:
Agree or disagree on the merit of, or necessity for, a Hall of Fame celebrating a subjective art form like music, the HOF exists. I mean, I don’t LIKE beets, but they do exist, so I must deal with them.
There are no-brainers and there are head scratchers. Some make you throw the devil horns...Read more
By the end of the year 2000, Alejandro and Bloodshot had been working together for a couple of years. We’d released the stirring, sometimes somber, sometimes raucous live document More Miles Than Money in 1998. In 1999 came the wonderful odds and sods collection Bourbonitis Blues, with its different...Read more
Ain't no better flick than a rock-n-roll pic. From the early days of rock stars acting (badly) in music tie-in movies to the new age of sappy biopics, we can't get enough. We love the fake movie bands (Sonic Death Monkey! Stillwater! Cap'n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters!) and the real stories in the (more) accurate rock docs alike....Read more
Our friends at KEXP are celebrating #InternationalClashDay today, and we're in the spirit with The Waco Brothers' cover of "I Fought the Law!" (We know it was originally by Sonny Curtis, but The Clash's spirit runs rampant through the Wacos' version.) Rob sez: "Rarely does anything make sense in the venal snake pit that is the music industry. The Waco Brothers...Read more
At the end of every year in history (well, at least since the first lovelorn or oxytocin-deprived person sat down with a guitar and started singing stories over three chords), critics and pundits around the world tell us what works of art they liked in the past year (or rather, they tell us what we should have liked in the past year...Read more
It's National Rubber Ducky Day! Back in 2002, when I was putting together our landmark “kids music doesn’t have to suckle” compilation The Bottle Let Me Down, I encouraged artists to cover their favorite songs from their childhood. I, however, had one request, made to Kelly Hogan: PLEASE cover MY favorite song: Sesame Street’s Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie.”...Read more
My college dorm room was a shrine to Bowie. Big posters plastered across the walls, with the rare and more sensual photos next to my and my roommates' beds. David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, Low, Lodger, Heroes, The Man Who Sold The World, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, and Scary Monsters albums were all in regular rotation on our turn table. When...Read more
[Photo: Jon Langford & Otis Clay, 2013]
While the majority of the music world (rightfully) mourns the passing of David Bowie, we'd like to take a moment of great and heartfelt appreciation for an extended member of the Bloodshot family we lost this weekend: OTIS CLAY.
Born in Mississippi, we Chicagoans are claiming him as our own. A top shelf soul and...Read more
[Painting by Jon Langford]
The King, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born on this day in 1935. The Memphis Flash would have been 81 today. (Wonder what it would have taken to get him to guest on a Bloodshot compilation. Perhaps he'd be an affable old man just doing what he wants, saying "yes" to bizarre projects and guest appearances....Read more
In the dark ages of the 1980s in Detroit, Motörhead was one of the only things punks and the dickhead burnouts could agree upon.
Seeing them at the Main Act in Roseville in 1982 was the first show I contemplated irreversible hearing loss.
[This flyer from the '82 show was dug up from Rob's archives at Bloodshot...Read more
The Bottle Rockets are one of my all time favorite bands. I’ve produced a bunch of...Read more
THE 6TH ANNUAL BLOODSHOT STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE
Chicago Bloodshot Army! Thank you for your generosity during this year's STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE. This year, with your help, we collected over 300 quality stuffies to benefit the LEARN Charter School on the West Side. The 4th and 5th graders took part in the wrapping and presenting for the kindergartners.