Bloodshot Records is releasing its 25th anniversary compilation, entitled Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots on Friday, November 8th. The album is a modern-day redux of our first-ever album For a Life of Sin: Insurgent Chicago Country. 22 Chicago artists running the spectrum of classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly, folk, and rock-n-roll! All never-before-released tracks.
Pre-order now on CD, digital, or limited edition turqoise and silver double vinyl LP with gatefold.
The album features contributions from Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford's Hillbilly Lovechild (featuring Steve Albini), Freakwater, Brendan Kelly (of The Lawrence Arms) and the Wandering Birds, Half Gringa, ROOKIE, The Hoyle Brothers, Sima Cunningham (of OHMME), Kelly Hogan, and more.
Outlaw country group Wild Earp & The Free For Alls captures the compilation spirit with their city-traversing video "The Last Honky Tonk in Chicago," which BrooklynVegan premiered today. The music video was directed by Wild Earp, shot and edited by Paul Dybas, and features the band and friends two-stepping all over town, visiting local fixtures like Empty Bottle, Carol's Pub, Lonesome Rose, Chicago Theater, the El train, bus stops, and the shore of Lake Michigan.
To celebrate the release of Too Late to Pray, two live events will be held in Chicago:
On November 9th - Album release party at Workshop 4200 featuring performances by ROOKIE, Wild Earp & The Free For Alls, Big Sadie, David Quinn, and The Dyes - RSVP HERE!
On November 17th - Chicago Honky Tonk Matinee at The Empty Bottle, featuring Kelly Hogan & The Western Elstons (venue website)