Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots is a redux of For A Life of Sin. It is a current magnifying-glass look at some—but not even close to all—of the artists and groups making unique and special music in the city’s roots scene. Some of the artists you may have heard of; some are woven so tightly into the fabric of the city, it’s hard to imagine a time without them; some we’ve claimed, whether they like it or not, as natives; some you might be hearing for the first time; and some you may never hear from again.
"This record is called 16. Though it's not a tribute to Street Legal, that Bob Dylan record is the source of the songs here. Back in the 1970s, 12-inch LPs were the common currency. Mostly "rock"—white guys with claims on Art & Meaning—but you could often follow the trails outawrd to country, gospel, R&B, and so on."
A career-spanning collection of the finest honky tonk, country, and Western Swing tunes from Texas country legend Wayne “The Train” Hancock, pressed for our 25th anniversary.
For our 25th anniversary, we summoned 10 songs from the Rev. Biram's God-fearing side of his psyche. The album includes a previously unreleased, and enrapturing, cover of the Louvin Brothers' "Broadminded," as well as the first vinyl pressing of "Get Me Religion (Preachin' the Blues)" and "God Don't Work (Like a Natural Man)," from Scott's self-released, pre-Bloodshot album Preachin' & Hollerin'.
Walks a line that touches on Lyle Lovett’s lyrical frankness, John Moreland’s punk cerebralism and Judee Sill’s mysticism and orchestral sensibility. Plus the literate and sonic audacity of an early Steve Earle---an outlaw unafraid to embrace harmony.
Let It Be Guitar! showcases fresh new arrangements of these familiar tunes, employing a wide variety of musical styles and guitar sounds, paying tribute to Paterson’s biggest influences including Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Jorgen Ingmann, James Burton, Buddy Emmons, Ernest Ranglin and many more.
As soon as we heard the upbeat, dance-inducing, New Order-recalling peak of "Bloom" on Murder By Death's epic 2018 album The Other Shore, we knew we wanted to once again ask fans and meticulous audiophiles to download the individual tracks (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, etc.) on the web have at it
Highlights include drop-dead, now classic cool honky tonk gems like "Every Kinda Music But Country," "The Buck Starts Here," and the sing-a-long fave "She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)."
Ruby Boots (aka Bex Chilcott) says: "We both had been plotting to tour together in the U.S. in 2019 and thought that it would be so rad to collaborate on something and maybe record a cover or write a new song and see where it went.
"‘Going to New Orleans’ is this song I learned street busking in New Orleans. The oldest version that I can find is that of Babe Stovall. Babe was a notorious street performer through the '60s and '70s. His original version was entitled ‘G’wine to New Orleans.'
Human Question isn’t meant for the meek or casual listener. It will make you dance, mosh, sing along, and dig deep into your soul. Some people lament that rock-n-roll is dead. They just haven’t heard the Yawpers yet.
Fresh off a tour with the MC50, the Cobras were inspired to judiciously cherry-pick two soul rarities to record and press 'em hot in Detroit!
Cinematic and widescreen in its sonic scope and with a live band immediacy, Deserted is the Mekons at their finest. It's folk music by folks who are pissed and disillusioned, lost and longing to be found, but only on their terms.
Youthful and defiant punk, rugged Red Dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. Emblematic rock ‘n’ roll with bold horns, violin, and a slather of twang reflecting where the band is from, where they’ve been and, eventually, where they’ll be headed.