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
The album was recorded by Steve Albini (who just engineered Robbie's new album Upland Stories) and features appearances by the Skeletons, and Tom Brumley (of the Buckaroos!), and drop-dead, now classic cool honky tonk gems like "Every...Read more
Summer officially started on June 20th here in Chicago and things are startin' to heat up, so here's The Bloodshot Weekend Digest!
Murder by Death is also playing in Chicago this Sunday, June 26th, at the Elston Avenue Sausage...Read more
We like to listen to vinyl on Fridays here at BSHQ. Every Friday we have a Bloodshot crew member randomly select a record from his/her personal collection and bring it to the office. The person has to explain why the album is on his/her shelves, and then we listen to it. We call this Random Wax.
Today's contestant is Bloodshot retail wizard...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