Here are some shiny gems from the big Grammy weekend. Grammy nominees Robbie Fulks and Lori McKenna played Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty's classic "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" (with improvised insults at the end - one of them rhymes with "election") at the Americana Music Association Pre-Grammy Tribute to Loretta Lynn at the historic Troubadour. As you can imagine, they...Read more
Robbie Fulks wonderfully covered the late Freddy Powers's classic "Little Hotel Room" for The A.V. Club's Under Cover (The Day of the Dead Edition). The song was originally made famous by Merle Haggard & Ray Charles. Watch Robbie's version here.
Just Robbie, an acoustic guitar, and this beautifully gut-wrenching song. Enjoy....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
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
[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
A handful of Bloodshot artists will contribute songs to a new compilation paying tribute to the late Jason Molina (of Songs Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.), out April 22nd via Rock the Cause. Proceeds will benefit our friends at MusiCares, a non-profit organization for musicians in need of healthcare.
Murder By Death will take on "7th Street Wonderland."
Cory Branan tackles "Memphis Moon."
And ...Read more